Jazz In The Round, October 2015, this month was a remarkable night for saxophony with all three acts prominently featuring some great horn playing. First up was the Theon Cross Trio; I’d never seen Theon play before, but he was very impressive providing the heft for the flights of fancy of remarkable young saxophonist, Nubya Garcia, who was gracing the Cockpit floor for the second time. Mr JITR, the man holding the record for the most appearances at The Cockpit. Moses Boyd was behind the kit, as per usual – but we LOVE you Moses. Keep it up. As Jez commented, with this generation coming through, the future of UK jazz is in safe hands.
Raymond McDonald improvised a sublime middle set, with two freeform improvs, one for soprano and the second for alto sax. Summoning the muse from the deep where she lies, he was by turns ethereal, guttural and then sublimely lyrical. His self-deprecating take down of various impressions on improvisation was quite comic. Looking forward to seeing Raymond again on 3rd December.
Up last was the Jean Toussaint Quartet and the ex-Art Blakey Messenger certainly delivered; there were some superb soloing from Jean and from Andrew McCormack on the ivories; the urge to get up and dance was almost irresistible, but resisted it was. That’s the only problem with The Cockpit, there is nowhere to get up and give the old bones a shake-down. Other than that, another great night in this remarkable series, which is now approaching the end of its 4th season in the most vigorous of rude health.