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 on performances by Vula Viel, Yazz Ahmed, David Sanborn, Hanna Paulsberg, Madeleine Peyroux and two exceptional 'Trios With A Twist', one from Cuba, the other from France.
Ian Mann on performances by Paris / Birmingham Jazz Exchange, Alfa Mist, John Surman's Brass Project, Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, Vels Trio, Joshua Redman and Michael Formanek.