Sorry to see that Mitsuko Uchida’s recital at St George’s tomorrow has been cancelled, but – yay! – that means we can go down to the BeBop Club to hear Compassionate Dictatorship, a favourite quartet.
They have superb front line (Jez Franks, guitar, Tori Freestone sax) and a matchless rhythm section (Jasper Hoiby, James Maddren). I fancy Jasper’s bass playing won’t be heard in venues like the Bear in Hotwells that often in future, as his own trio Phronesis move out on to the international concert circuit (They’re off to Australia in February). So all the more enticing to see him in a small space in Bristol one more time…
Previous visits by this band were outstanding, too, as are both their CDs, so expectation high.
Here’s the Be-Bop club blurb:
This excellent band is touring again with Jazz Services support, and produced great gigs on their previous visits. Most of the music is composed by guitarist Jez Franks, who tutors for Birmingham Conservatoire and the Falmouth-Yamaha Summer School. Jez has worked with most of the big names in jazz on the London scene, and Rick Astley. Saxophonist Tori Freestone teaches at Leeds College, and has worked with The Creative Jazz Orchestra and Orquesta Timbala. Bassist Jasper Hoiby is from Copenhagen, and stayed in London after studying at the Royal Academy, working with Gerard Presencer, Pete Wareham, Seb Rochford and many more. Drummer James Maddren is one of the UK’s finest drummers, well known to Bristol audiences through his work with Josh Arcoleo. Fresh sounding melodic contemporary jazz, superbly performed.
And here’s the band website.