Newport Jazz Club

Reviews

Alan Barnes Quartet

16th September 2018

On Sunday afternoon the members of Newport Jazz Club enjoyed a tribute to trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie and his disciples. Dizzy, along with sax player Charlie Parker, was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz.

Leading the ensemble was Alan Barnes, switching between alto and baritone sax, with Bruce Adams on trumpet. The rhythm section featured David Newton on piano, Andy Cleyndert on bass and Bobby Worth on drums.

Opening with Dizzy Gillespie's "Good Bait" with Alan on baritone the audience soon knew they were in for a treat as both Alan Barnes and Bruce Adams displayed their virtuosity with some great opening solos.

Dizzy was one of the first jazz players to embrace Afro-Cuban music and the genre was well represented with strong renditions of "Con alma" and "Manteca" whilst the rhythm section showed great interplay between piano and bass, with a drum background, on Sonny Stitt's "The eternal triangle".

All in all a great afternoon's entertainment from some of the best musicians working in the UK today.