David Newton Trio
For those of us who missed it last time, and indeed for those who didn't, our most popular band is back.
It has been said that David Newton is 'one of our nation’s treasured pianists'. The man has a lovely touch, that is for certain.
He’s been the accompanist of choice for vocal royalty for years, and it’s easy to hear why: Newton’s musical responsiveness is as impressive as his re-harmonization and arranging skills at the piano. It can be a fine line between clever and stupid when it comes to re-setting musical chestnuts to the jazz format, but Newton bridges that gap by a good mile or more. He’s the kind of pianist every drummer and bass player could wish for.
Clive Morton (bs), Terry Howard (dms)
Richard Baker Quintet
Richard Baker - Trombone, Alan Wakeman – Tenor Sax, lan Savage – Drums, Neil Hunter – Piano, Tom Bull – Double Bass
Chris Gumbley/Bryan Corbett Quartet
Dario Napoli Trio (Italy)
Modern Manouche Project
listen below to one of Dario's own compositions - 'Four'
Although Django Reinhardt is the inspiration behind the trio, in his Modern Manouche Project, Dario Napoli looks to include more contemporary influences in his version of gypsy swing. Introducing elements of different musical styles including bebop, the result is an exuberant sound, without ever totally abandoning the gypsy imprint of Django. Most songs are original compositions of Dario with a few reinterpretations of jazz standards.