Bristol jazz week, Oct 11
Haven’t had time to do a preview this week, but never mind – Tony Benjamin has the usual run down of jazz essentials over at Bristol247. He also has a review there of Paul Dunmall/Keith Tippett at Colston Hall last week, incidentally, that captures the occasion very nicely – a rewarding evening.
Less rewarding, I have to say, was the BeBop club on Friday. Not because Tori Freestone‘s trio weren’t excellent, but because the amplified music from the bar at the Bear has become horribly intrusive. When the noise from outside the performance space is louder than the sounds the musicians are making inside, which happened whenever they dropped the volume even a little, then a venue has a problem. I hope they can reach some new accommodation with the Bear’s landlords on Friday nights, or I’ll be lobbying for these sessions to look for a new home… A really aggravating evening for listeners.
There can be noise here and there at Future Inns, too, but only snatches of diners’ conversation from the restaurant upstairs – unlikely to detract from the excellences of Dan Messore’s Indigo Kid on Thursday, which is my standout gig of the week. A composer with a striking gift for melody as well as a master of the guitar, Messore’s own group – who blew us all away at the Bristol jazz fest a couple of years ago – is a real delight.
Also been reminded that there’s an extra gig at Future Inns this week, on Sunday afternoon, when you can hear the multi-national quintet, the Bristol European Jazz Ensemble, starting at 4.30, so nicely timed between lunch and dinner.