Richard Baker Quintet
Put five musicians together. The leader is a classically trained trombonist and the remainder of Friday’s band were all professional musicians involved in wide range of musical genres. So you could expect a certain standard of musicianship. This was the case at November’s gig and we were not disappointed at the level of skill.
It wasn’t the standard of musicianship that was in question, but the choice of music for the evening left a few in the audience scratching their heads.
The quintet were able to swing along with numbers that everyone knew, but when it came to some of the other, lesser known pieces, they were not as well regarded by some of the audience.
For example, there were a number of tunes from the ‘as played on YouTube’ catalogue which didn’t appeal to some of the audience. I guess that if the quintet had not strayed from its original description of ‘straight ahead west coast sound’ and perhaps stuck with the tried and tested standards, then everyone would have been happy. There was also the bass guitar which was ably played by Dirk Griffin but there are still those who were not expecting this substitution and would always prefer the traditional upright bass. As it was, there were a few disappointed members of the audience. But conversely, there was a greater proportion of those present who loved every syncopated crochet and quaver – and they said so!