Concert Review – Iain Ballamy Quartet

Concert Review –The Iain Ballamy Quartet

Words and Photography by Ben Macnair

Accompanied by an all-star band, the award winning, ground-breaking composer and Saxophonist Iain Ballamy played an exciting set of music when he appeared at Lichfield’s Cathedral Hotel on Wednesday February 19th.

With a band of  Pianist Huw Warren, Percy Pursglove on trumpet and double bass, and drummer Mark Williams, the set list included some jazz standards, songs from the pop cannon, as well as a couple of originals.

The filigree and delicate playing of Huw Warren was used to great effect particulary during the epic 20 minute opening medley that included such jazz classics As April in Paris, as well as muscular, and at times incendiary playing from all four of the players, particularly Percy Pursglove, who was able to simultaneously play Trumpet and hold down difficult bass parts that changed with the complex time signatures.

An encore of Joni Mitchel’s Both Sides Now showed the musicianship of all of the players to great effect.

 

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