"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, January 27, 2014
JEFF WILSON QUARTET
Jim Hutchon was at the cabaret-style Cramphorn ...
An evening of
Jazz with Jeffery Wilson is a rare treat, which doesn’t come round
too often, as his international commitments as “Chelmsford’s
resident composer” keep him fairly busy throughout the year. Known
more for his commitment to the Cramphorn’s Friday jazz sessions,
Jeffery’s accomplishments as a jazz saxophonist are legendary.
Playing with his
well established quartet, he took us through a varied and
enlightening repertoire – a cool, haunting own composition, and
some stompin’ standards much appreciated by his knowledgeable
audience, many of whom are regulars.
The quartet he
leads is made of Peter Marshall, the pianist who is also the group’s
arranger. Pete never does things the easy way. He will take off on
solo passages of rare improvisation which can leave us breathless.
The drummer is another old favourite, Les Cirkel, who keeps them in
order with reliable rhythms and his own style of impro. Dave Jenkins
plays a double base that is only half-base, electronically enhanced.
The sound is authentic, nowhere near the ersatz base of a bass
guitar, and is played, again, with style and imagination.
The Cramphorn is
to be congratulated for setting the auditorium as a jazz club with
tables. It created exactly the right atmosphere for such an evening.