Review: Cheltenham Jazz Festival

From the Birmingham Post, posted a short time ago…

Top of the list has to be the Dave Douglas Quintet and since this band (with one change) played a concert in Birmingham late last year the comparison is easily made.

Then they reached atmospheric heights; here they shot out into the stratosphere.

Douglas on trumpet and Donny McCaslin on tenor shot pithy melodies and white-hot improvisations back and forth, and Orren Evans on Fender Rhodes, Scott Colley on bass and Clarence Penn on drums were equally glorious.

These are musicians at the pinnacle of their game so to hear them pushing themselves so hard was exhilarating.

And posted May 5th at

“I’ve never heard him more incisive and focused than in this blistering 75-minute set.”