Who was playing….? The Andy Panayi Quartet
…and the full line-up? With Andy on baritone and tenor saxes and flute was Mark Nightingale on trombone, bassist Simon Woolf and on drums, Steve Brown.
Playing what kind of material? Demanding Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan-inspired compositions that were wonderfully orchestrated and arranged.
What were your favourite numbers? ‘The God Bogra’, a slow blues written by Simon Woolf, with gospel influences featuring Andy on tenor.
Other lyrically relaxing offerings were ‘Rubberneck’ and the Brookmeyer composition ‘Minuet Circus 61’ – all beautifully executed.
The classic Mulligan favourite ‘Bernie’s Tune’, written by Bernie Miller along with ‘I’d side’, a Mulligan original in which Mark featured with a powerfully infectious trombone solo.
The Latin-influenced ‘Zhingy’, another Wolf composition, the start of was held up as Andy had to find his flute!
Other compositions included work from Frank Rossilino.
The band concluded the concert with a rip-roaring version of ‘As Catch Can’, with again super solos from Andy and Mark.
The evening had much to commend it, especially from its two front men. However, Steve Brown’s ever-attentive drum work and Simon’s creative bass playing in general and his original solos in particular, gave the gig a special place in the memories of all those who attended.
Generally, what did the audience think?
The audience gradually warmed to the musical quality and inspired playing from a richly talented quartet coping admirably with often technically difficult scores.
How many were in that night?131
In your view, should we have the band back to play CJC? Yes, lease.
Guest Reviewer: Hugh Ashton