REVIEW: Clark Tracey Quintet at The Spring, Havant

Clark Tracey Quintet at The Spring. Picture: Simon Evans
Clark Tracey Quintet at The Spring. Picture: Simon Evans

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Whilst this quintet clearly take their name from their drummer, he is not one to hog the limelight.

The first number, the Clark Terry penned A Pint of Bitter, offers each player a solo spot and serves as an introduction of the band to the appreciative audience.

This swinging tune takes the listener back to the late 50s and the sublime sax of Chris Maddock recalls early Coltrane.

The subtle, restrained power of Tracey’s drumming is complimented by Daniel Casimir’s funky double bass.

Special mention must go to trumpeter Paul Jordanous, his sensitive playing ensured every eye in the house was fixed on him during his solos.

The set was that of the well-known: Moanin’, Seven Steps to Heaven and for the encore; a Miles Davis gem – Freddie Freeloader.

A terrific evening of sublime music saw the baton pass down to the next generation, during the interval a young boy was overjoyed to snag a backstage visit – he came back out with a mile-wide smile. Who says jazz is for old fogeys?