NYJO’s three-night residency at Ronnie Scott’s at the beginning of January continues to generate lots of positive press.
Brain Blain, reviewing the BP sponsored residency for Jazz UK, was keen to reassure NYJO’s long term fans that Bill Ashton’s retirement would not result in the band entering “…a more cerebral phase”.
He was impressed that, under Music Director Mark Armstrong: “…the band’s main objectives still seem to be to excite and to swing”.
Brian was particularly complimentary about Chris Whiter’s composition The Change and Callum Au’s chart for September In The Rain which, he noted: “…allowed the brilliant young rhythm section to lay down the most satisfying mid-tempo ‘down’ groove I have heard in years”.
Nadim Teimoori’s tenor playing and Emma Smith’s and Kwabena Adjepong’s vocal contributions also received honourable mentions – a full transcript can of Brian’s review can be found by going to Gig Reviews.