Wayne McConnell/Steve Thompson/Piers Clark
All Saints Church, Hove
Wednesday 9th July, 2014
This was another enjoyable concert in the lovely setting of All Saints Church in Hove, this time with ace rhythm guitarist Piers Clark and multi-talented bassist Steve Thompson backing pianist Wayne McConnell.
Although this was an all-acoustic group, the piano sounded a little too muffled. With each solo the piano was crying out to be set free, and if anyone can make a piano sing then it is Brighton’s Wayne McConnell.
These issues aside, this was a programme of hard-swinging music performed by some of the most talented musicians on the South Coast, each displaying a high level of listening and empathy, together with a passion for the older styles of jazz.
Starting with the classic Just Squeeze Me, the set embraced classic standards such as There Is No Greater Love, In A Mellow Tone, Cherokee and Bags’ Groove together with the Phineas Newborn arrangement of All The Things You Are. After the classic rhythm changes tune Lester Leaps In concluded the set, the audience demanded an encore and were treated to the aptly titled I’m Old Fashioned.