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."
"Another lovingly crafted set of arrangements, which in turn benefit from some great playing and a whole host of outstanding solos. "
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
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.
Ian Mann enjoys the first two releases on multi-reed player, composer and improviser Tom Ward's Madwort micro-label.