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The Darius Brubeck Quartet. Darius on piano, Dave O'Higgins on saxophone, Matt Ridley on bass and Wesley Gibbens on drums.

The Darius Brubeck Quartet

Jazz goes to school

Year in year out the virtues of the English winter are bestowed upon us. We moan when it rains, we groan when it snows. Folks in the Scandinavian Peninsula or other colder climes get on with it. It’s the lack of sunshine some might say. It does that to us.

We do however have some instances of good breaks, a dose of sunshine sprinkled to jolt us back from the brink into the sildenafil sans ordonnance kiné realms of the belongings of normality. One such moment was the concert by The Darius Brubeck Quartet. Theirs is a mood lifting kind of jazz, a jazz that stimulates the brain.

Hosted in the perfect amphitheatre that is the Ugland Auditorium at Stowe School in deep Buckinghamshire, the audience waited patiently for the acclaimed Darius Brubeck and his cohorts to appear. Most had had the pleasure two years prior. Murmurings were abound the travelled American loved a Steinway piano. A signature Steinway awaited him.

The four gentlemen made their entrance to warm and expectant applause. The mood for the evening was certainly set from the off as the quartet tucked into their opening number which featured a sterling solo by Dave O’Higgins.

Ravely Street is a Brubeck original composition taken from the critically acclaimed 2014 release Cathy’s Summer.

Cathy is the delightful Cathy Brubeck, the fifth member of the quartet who is the “creative organiser, motivator and sometime muse.”

Abundantly clear from the onset was the seamless rhythmical chemistry of the group, a product of 10 years playing and recording together. Dave O’Higgins is the consummate professional. He captivated the entire auditorium with his clean and clear tones as well as his accomplished accompaniments.
Wes Gebbins is a master of the Jazz drumming art form. And boy was he on form. Such is the spontaneous nature of jazz that each instrument has its moment in the sun. Gebbins, who hails from Durban in South Africa, showed off his full repertoire of tricks with impeccable timing and toe-tapping rhythms. The song Caravan was a definite highlight and went down a treat.
Dave Brubeck’s most covered tune, In Your Own Sweet Way was the perfect ode to follow.

Darius warmed up quite nicely but remained eloquently understated both in leadership and lyrical style. Darius lived and worked in South Africa for over 20 years and the infectious harmonies synonymous with Township jazz were evident. It is this ability to incorporate/intergrate styles of foreign modes and still maintain familiarity that is so appealing and draws audiences to Darius Brubeck.

Matt Ridley on bass completed this solid rhythmic team with touches of sublime versatility.

The set was a wondrous mix of new original material and some classic standards from Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Bing Crosby.

The concert was as delightful as it was enjoyable. The evening concluded on a crescendo. Take Five is one of the greatest songs ever written, an oddity indeed, a jazz song that became a pop hit.

Cathy’s Summer is still available through Amazon and CDBaby. A new release is pencilled in for later in the year. Catch The Darius Brubeck Quartet on tour now. You will be glad you did.

Cathy’s Summer, evokes a mellow summer mood after the dread of the English winter.

Dates for Darius and The Darius Brubeck Quartet in the UK;

April 14, 2016

  • RHYTHM CHANGES, Jazz Utopia

Birmingham University

April 19, 2016

  • RICHMOND RHYTHM CLUB

London

April 21, 2016

  • AMERSHAM FESTIVAL

The Darius Brubeck Quartet

Little Chalfont

April 21, levitra buy canada us 2016

  • ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

The Darius Brubeck Quartet

Shoreham by Sea

May 2, 2016

  • CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Darius Brubeck Quartet

Cheltenham

May 7, 2016

  • PIZZA EXPRESS LIVE

The Darius Brubeck Quartet

Maidstone

Monday, May 9th, 2016

  • PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB

The Darius Brubeck Quartet

London    

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A. Chabvonga

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