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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


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Book  Review; Sammy Stein “Women in Jazz” (8th House Publishing).

Book Review; Sammy Stein “Women in Jazz” (8th House Publishing).

A book that offers a fascinating insight into the lives of contemporary jazz women and one that will be read with great interest by jazz enthusiasts of any gender. Intelligent and insightful.


Steve Tromans - Directions in Music: the Complete Harmonic Festival Marathon Solo Performance.

Steve Tromans - Directions in Music: the Complete Harmonic Festival Marathon Solo Performance.

The music from Steve Tromans' remarkable eleven hour solo 'Piano Marathon' from 2011 has finally been released into the public domain. Here Steve and Pam & Ian Mann remember this unique performance.


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