Concert Review – Jazz at The Bonded Warehouse

Jazz at The Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge
The Patsy Gamble Quartet
11th May 2018
Friday the 11th May saw a return visit to the Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge by the Patsy Gamble Quartet. Patsy, mainly on alto but also on tenor with some vocals thrown in, was supported by John Broomhall on keyboards, Mark Butler on bass and Seamus Denver on drums. They produced two thoroughly enjoyable, bluesy sets over a variety of material that went down very well with the audience.
Any notion that this might be an evening of R&B with honking sax and pounding on the keyboard could not be further from the truth. No, the quartet gave us proper, up to date blues based jazz. Patsy plays expressive sax with strong melodic lines – more edgy on the alto which I especially enjoyed. But the tenor was equally good, as was the rapport with John Broomhall who gave us some delightful solos.
The more bluesy numbers included a couple of Stanley Turrentine compositions, especially the excellent Sugar – groovy with some passionate alto and swinging in the best tradition of Blue Note and the heyday of hard bop. Among a selection of standards, All The Things You Are showed both tenor and keyboard to good effect. Also notable was a lovely tribute to Barbara Thompson, where the quartet stretched out at slow/medium tempo, with Patsy on alto and John showing some deft touches on the keyboard. Add to all this some of Patsy’s own compositions from the latest CD – Warsaw Nights – to make up a nicely balanced programme which delivered all you want from an evening of live jazz.
(Ian Scott leads the Kingswinford U3A Jazz Appreciation group.)

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