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Thu 4th Oct 2012
Kevin Davy Quintet - Review


Kevin G Davy whose influences are many and various plays the Trumpet and Flugelhorn.  He is a man of many talents and has worked with many musicians, tonight he appears with his quintet.  On Piano – Al Scott. Playing the, Drums –Adrian Lawrence.  With his Electrified Bass – Bouzid Adda,and last but not least the Saxophone played by the inimitable, Jean Claude Yegba.

Kicking off with “Sass n Brass”a song with the blues veering towards rock sharpness, the riff changes subtly to end on a calypso note, speaking a universal language that jazz seeks to communicate.

Hardly stopping for breath they quickly move straight on to the next tune “Pea Hunt” an experimental piece, utilizing the influence of the free jazz movement inspired by Ornette Coleman a master of bop.  And the musicians correspond accordingly, tenderly bringing the song to life, the audience following every nuance and twist.

Each song now building its own canon of sound which shows how adaptable this band are, playing a contemporary Drum-n-Bass number “Brother Head”a tune with a sharp edge to the texture each instrument perfectly on cue, challenging and creating new form “Room 5”influenced by dancehall waltz and incorporating an ancient gospel feel, provokes an urge to want more and the music always evolving and forthcoming.

A highlight of the evening, among many exciting moments was the composition “Touch Wood”.  Starting with birdsong and sustained silence it displays the practiced art of accomplishment, holding the sound back enhancing a dreamy whirly element of rock tinged Latino, a stratospheric number built up experimentally layer by layer.

The only song not written by Kevin himself aptly called “AL’s Tune” composed by the Pianist, the piano spurring the trumpet on evoking a New Orleans from a golden era, magnificent stuff. The song influenced by Pharaoh Sandersanother of John Coltrane’sfree jazz movement aficionados.

Next an experimental piece in sonic frequency, “Acid Passive” free flow consciousness in harmony with creation building an almighty space blues, driven by riffs so expansive in form that it brings the proceedings to the cutting edge a splendid groove permeating throughout.

Then the penultimate “The Coming of Thoth”,a song starting with some incredible drumming and brought home by the tension created by the sax, sophisticated and with a deep bass sound remeniscent of early T.Rex. Truly overwhelminga fantastic homage to the Egyptian scribe the god of communication whose gift of the alphabet changed mankind’s fate forever.

The final piece of the performance a reworking of a number they played earlier “Room 5 Reprise with variation” the slowly emerging result can only be described as grace and harmony colliding with the universal zeitgeist.  And shows that versatility delivered from experience brings the true brevity of it all into perfect synchronization and what a space they make this project goes all the way.  Well-done guy’s, come back soon.


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