Clive Morton, Tom Berge, Billy Weir
Last Monday evening was an evening of standards (and favourites) superbly delivered by a trio of musicians, two of whom did not grow up with this music. The music was well known to the bass player and leader of the trio, but the pianist and drummer played them like they had known them all their lives.
New to Severn Jazz audiences was pianist Tom Berge who has had lessons from David Newton and judging by his inventiveness they certainly had some effect. He is far from being a Newton clone but you hear how he is able to squeeze the best out of any tune without destroying the fabric of that tune.
Drummer Billy Weir was in full control all the time and not one did he take over the proceedings. His credentials are that he won the Tony Levin drum prize for the most ‘swinging drummer.’ Well deserved.
What can you say about the leader, bassist Clive Morton who has played over the years with the great and the good of music, jazz included. He is no stranger to Severn Jazz audiences. Not only did he produce some excellent bass notes, he also allowed the younger members of his team to shine which resulted in a wonderfully balanced evening of some great music
Tom did most of the announcing and he endeared himself to the audience by admitting that he wasn’t always sure of who wrote what and when. And of course, they helped with suggestions from the floor.
The moral of all this is don’t dismiss names that are not well known because it’s considered they will not come up with a good evening’s jazz. This bank holiday Monday session would prove any doubters wrong and provide those that did come and listen with some eye-opening jazz.
A great evening of good jazz was enjoyed and so many people said so as they went home that evening.