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The May presentation of live jazz at the Pallant Suite gave members and guests the opportunity of giving a warm welcome back to club favourite Ray d’Inverno - only this time in a different setting.
Ray was leading Latin jazz band Bossa Rio – an exciting, percussion-driven sextet with the accent on rhythms and sounds whose origins were very much South American and Caribbean.
The combo played two sets of largely modern material, including Chick Chorea and Herbie Hancock numbers, which gave splendid opportunities for the musicianship of Mick Hanson - guitar, Dave Quincey – tenor saxophone and Ray on keyboards to shine through. But the underlying power of the band came from the incessant beat provided by Owain Clark – bass, Dan Priest – drums and the amazing Ernesto Atherley on timbales.
The club has rarely heard percussion of such drive and energy and the mix of sounds – including a brief drum solo played on the Pallant Suite walls – had member’s heads and feet nodding and tapping throughout.