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.
"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. "
"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."
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann is educated and entertained by the first date of a tour celebrating the life and music of trumpeter Dizzy Reece performed by pianist Trevor Watkis and a stellar international quintet.
Ian Mann enjoys the final day of the Festival and performances by Flying Machines, the Monty Alexander Trio and Bill Laurance and the WDR Big Band conducted by Bob Mintzer.