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The Bad Plus at Ronnie Scott’s 2017

Saw these guys at Ronnie Scotts last week, and they were pretty incredible. The Bad Plus are an awesome Jazz group out the US that are doing their own sub genre of Jazz, along with GoGo penguin and a few others, at the moment that I am a big fan of. They still have heavy jazz moments and improvisation but the bass, piano and drums combination makes for an easier intro to the more general listner. One thing that particular stood out for me this concert was the drummer Dave King, he had a couple of songs in there that he composed that were absolutely delicious, rich and full of unexpectedness yet rhythm. The concert started out off quite bland I must say, but by the end they were on to a great finish. I would however say they should have picked a better encore. Below is great cover of a tears for fears track, and for an album recommendation check out their album with Joshua Redman.

Christian McBride’s New Jawn – Live at Ronnie Scott’s 2017

I had the pleasure of seeing Christian McBride at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club last night, with his new band the New Jawn. If your wondering what the hell that means, it’s reference to a Philadelphia saying to “I dunno what you call it, … kinda a thing”. So yeah, it was a Quartet, but back in Philly its called a Jawn, so there you go. Christian McBride played alongside Nasheet Waitsm (drums), Josh Evans (trumpet), and Marcus Strickland (sax). The band were absolutely incredible, and I was lucky to have the best seat in the house. Christian McBride is renowned for bringing in new talent into the Jazz world, and his new Trumpet player, was shit hot. Whilst Nasheet is already a well accomplished drummer and Marcus is also a rising a star. There were a number of excellent compositions from all members of the Jawn, and Christian McBride absolutely smashed it. For an album recommendations check out “Live at the Village Vanguard” and my favorite “People Music”. Here is a video clip to see the man in action:

Brad Mehldau – Live at the Barbican 2017

Last night I went to see the Brad Mehldau Trio play live at the Barbican. They were absolutely incredible, all three were on top form, they played three encores and the crowd were fantastic. The audience all knew that they were witnessing three of the best musicians come toegther to play some of the most exciting, technical music out there, and there was no doubt that the Trio excelled. I think Brad Mehldau is one of the most talented Jazz pianists to hit the stage and is a close rival to the man at the top – “Keith Jarrett”. Nevertheless, Mehldau has very much his own distinct style and is partial to a few interpretative covers of more modern type music; e.g. Radio Head, Massive Attack, and the Verve, which I think stand him out to being one of today’s more inventive artists. To sum up, last night was a hugely enjoyable evening and I give this concert a 5-Star review. *****