Friday, 23 February 2018

Steve Buckley at the Blue Vanguard Jazz Club, Exeter, 22nd February, 2018


Another excellent night of music at the Blue Vanguard Jazz Club in Exeter with saxophonist Steve Buckley playing a great set of distinctively interpreted standards along with house band Craig Milverton – keys, Al Swainger – bass, and Coach York – drums.

It all bopped along wonderfully [including rumba and Caribbean rhythms/beats, often layered superbly by CY] but there were also two sweet ballads performed, one of these the Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry, and both displayed some fine delicacies of playing, Buckley setting the moods with feeling and touch.

Buckley described jazz from all eras and played anywhere as an ‘adventure’, and he linked this to turning up to play with a band [trio here] with whom you’d never played before and the similar spirit of this. As one of my fellow attendees described, it’s the ‘language of jazz’ and these guys played as if they had conversed together for a lifetime: impressive.

No comments:

Post a Comment