Chichester Jazz Club
Christian Brewer brings Modern Jazz to Chichester - 16 April 2004

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This month, the club were fortunate to squeeze themselves into Christian Brewer’s busy itinerary on his current UK tour. The band brought exciting modern jazz to Chichester with a selection of well-chosen standards and originals. Young musicians all, the Christian Brewer Quartet has been making its mark nationally including gigs in the London area, the south of England plus residencies at Ronnie Scott’s. In his formative professional years, Christian’s Spanish exile may have kept him off the UK jazz radar but recent interest in his music is starting to put that right. And his performance at the Pallant Suite confirmed that here was a rare talent with an unswerving devotion to the modern sound, without falling into the trap of overused bop phrasing. His glowing, lyrical style, often driving through up-beat tempos, was complemented brilliantly by the technically impressive Leon Greening on keyboards, Larry Bartley on bass and Tristan Maillot on drums. And, while the material chosen was a study of true modern jazz classics, Christian found an emotionally-charged self-penned ballad to close, dedicated to his daughter, Isabela. A fitting finale.

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