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Ben Crosland Quintet

Quintet led by Yorkshire born bassist, composer and arranger Ben Crosland and featuring Dave O’Higgins (tenor & soprano sax), John Etheridge (guitar), Steve Lodder (piano, keyboards) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums). Album “The Ray Davies Songbook” (Jazz Cat Records, July 2016) features Crosland’s imaginative jazz arrangements of twelve classic songs by the former leader of The Kinks.


ARTIST REVIEWS
The Ray Davies Songbook
The Ray Davies Songbook

"This is music that is unmistakably jazz with Crosland bringing plenty of himself to the arrangements yet always retaining the sense and spirit of Davies' songs. "

3-5 out of 5

Album Review


Ben Crosland Quintet, ‘The Ray Davies Songbook’ at The Hive, Shrewsbury, 13 /10/ 2018.
Ben Crosland Quintet, ‘The Ray Davies Songbook’ at The Hive, Shrewsbury, 13 /10/ 2018.

"The real stars of the show were Davies’ timeless songs and Crosland’s imaginative, colourful & hugely inventive adaptations of them. Despite the source material this was totally authentic jazz."

4 out of 5

Live Review


The Ray Davies Songbook Vol II
The Ray Davies Songbook Vol II

"Another lovingly crafted set of arrangements, which in turn benefit from some great playing and a whole host of outstanding solos. "

3-5 out of 5

Album Review


JAZZ MANN FEATURES

A Great Day in Leamington Spa, 07/07/2019.

A Great Day in Leamington Spa, 07/07/2019.

Ian Mann on a memorable night of film & live music with a screening of the celebrated jazz documentary "A Great Day in Harlem" followed by a live performance by trumpeter Bruce Adams and his quartet.


Tom Ward - “Madwort’s Menagerie” and Tom Ward / Adam Fairhall Duo “Susurrus”.

Tom Ward - “Madwort’s Menagerie” and Tom Ward / Adam Fairhall Duo “Susurrus”.

Ian Mann enjoys the first two releases on multi-reed player, composer and improviser Tom Ward's Madwort micro-label.


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