Jean Toussaint

REVIEW: ROOTS & HERBS @ SWANAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jean Toussaint & Byron Wallen @ Ronnie Scott's

Review by LONDON JAZZ NEWS:

 

All three blockbuster bands, one each evening in the other main marquee, completely lived up to expectations with Jean Toussaint‘s Art Blakey-themed programme setting, for me, a new standard of excitement with themes by the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons and Cedar Walton. Byron Wallen and Denis Rollins sparked, while the great Shaney Forbes on drums and Clark Tracey’s bassist protege Daniel Casimir locked into pianist Andrew McCormack‘s gloriously over-amped comping and solos to prodice the kind of driving swing which once would have been almost inconceivable on this side of the Atlantic.

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