Friday, 12 October 2012

Simon Spillett Quartet (music)

Photo by Brian O'Connor
The acclaimed tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett is the guest at the Underground jazz night at the beginning of November. He will be bringing his quartet: Clark Tracey on drums and two musicians we have enjoyed hearing at the Underground before, Alec Dankworth on bass and the inimitable John Critchinson on piano.

The BBC Jazz Awards named Spillett as their Rising Star in 2007 and he won their Tenor Saxophone award in 2011. Excitingly, he is nominated in the Tenor Saxophone category of this year's British Jazz Awards with the result to be announced on October the 22nd! A member of Ronnie Scott's jazz orchestra, he has played with a number of the greats including Bobby Wellins, Danny Moss and Alan Barnes. Two albums have been recorded, Introducing...Simon Spillett and Sienna Red, both of which are can be downloaded via Amazon but have more limited availability on CD.

Reviews of his music repeatedly commend the speed and agility of his playing as well as the connection between the quartet with many reviewers being amazed by the ease with which they pick up and build upon each others' ideas. I am already quite excited about this gig!

Underground Theatre, Fri 2nd Nov, 20:00.
Tickets £11 (UGT members / students £10). Available online or in person at the Underground Theatre and the Tourist Information Office.

1 comment:

  1. The Simon Spillett Quartet provided a terrific night of jazz tonight! The first half included several tunes showcasing Spillett's full-on rapid playing as wall as the beautiful ballad, Yesterday I Saw The Rain. The second half had a diiferent rhythmic, bluesy vibe and began with Dizzy Reece's Shepherd's Serenade. The varied tunes also included Square One, composed by Simon Spillett himself, and Night In Tunisia which featured the most amazing drum solo from Clark Tracey. Alec Dankworth also put in a virtuoso performance throughout and is now, I think, my absolute favourite bass player!
    The quartet has a great dynamic with Spillett and Clark being serious in the spotlights, Critchinson and Dankworth giggling at the back. Together with Spillett's dry humour, this made for a entertaining evening.