Concert Review – The Nick Dewhurst Band

Concert Review

The Nick Dewhurst Band – Cathedral Hotel – Wednesday November 20th 2019

Words and Photography by Ben Macnair

The talented composer and musician Nick Dewhurst led his exemplary band through a series of originals and well-chosen covers when they played at the Cathedral Hotels latest jazz night on Wednesday November 20th.

With Nick Dewhurst on Trumpet, and guitar, Tenor Saxophonist Sam Craig, Alto and Soprano Saxophonist Beth Fisher, drummer Tash Robson Lewis, pianist Tom Lindsay and bassist Tom Moore they played exciting music that ranged from delicate ballads, to aggressive fusion music that gave all of the musicians ample opportunity to shine.

The first half of the concert featured original music, with six long form compositions shifting in mood and tonality, whilst the second half featured popular music, by the likes of Pink, Basement Jaxx and Moloko.

Bird Street Blues was a trumpet led extravanza with a New Orleans back beat, whilst Turbo Charger was a  piece that combined jazz, rock, and twisting time signatures. Blues for Dave saw some fine guitar soloing from Nick, and some soloing from all members that at times threatened to blow the roof off. Gibralter Rock was a showcase for more guitar and saxophone gymnastics, and Miles Off, a tribute to the work of jazz trumpet legend Miles Davies was an example of modal improvisation, before the detailed, well drilled unison and harmony playing of Fusion Line bought the first half to a thrilling conclusion.

The second set put a good time, and foot-tapping beats to the front, with an interesting reading of Pink’s Get the Party Started, whilst old favourite, Stevie Wonder’s I Wish showed how good the ensemble playing of the band could be. The funky Shake it Down by Dennis Rollins lifted the energy levels, and the slower, more reflective Room 335 by Larry Carlton showed the almost telepathic interplay of all of the musicians. Set closers by Moloko with Sing it Back and Basement Jaxx showed how far ranging the musical interests of this very fine ensemble can be.

Many of these musicians will feature at Lichfield Jazz’s Christmas special at the Cathedral Hotel on December 18th. The concert is already proving to be popular, so we suggest buying your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

 

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