Christian Brewer Quartet
“Brewer…never missed a trick, his playing is crackling” – Guardian, Jim Mullen
Christian Brewer saxophone, Leon Greening pano, Adam King bass, Matt Skelton drums
Christian Brewer is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Loved for his melodic playing and pure tone, he has risen to prominence on the British jazz scene. He is now a regular at London’s prestigious Ronnie Scots and both he and his band are in great demand. Christian is considered to be as agile and fluently expressive as the Charlie Parker disciple Phil Woods on fast pieces, and his ballad playing echoes the raw-nerve soulfulness of the late Art Pepper.
Leon Greening simply gathers you up in the energy and momentum of his playing and sweeps you up along with his endlessly inventive improvisations. And yet for all his speed of execution, each note is placed with exact precision, struck with the clarity of pure crystal and weighted with deep emotion. He is a consummate master of his art, using both hands to build cliff-hanging tension. Like a Formula 1 driver he anticipates the road ahead and knows exactly when to change gear and when to hit or ease off on the accelerator. Leon’s playing is spell-bindingly awesome.
Bassist Adam King’s success in the 2015 annual Musicians’ Company Young Jazz Musician Award revealed one of the most promising jazz artists of his generation.
Matt Skelton is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Equally at home in modern and vintage Jazz styles Matt enjoys a diverse musical career that also encompasses Symphonic and Light Orchestral Music. He has accompanied many leading Internationally-known Jazz figures such as John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Michael Moore, Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton. He has recorded and appears regularly with singers such as Marion Montgomery, Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing and in concert for Jesse Norman’s Ellington and Gershwin Concert Series (2006). Matt accompanied Richard Rodney Bennett and Claire Martin in their American Song Book Show.
A super gig to end our spring season.
Fleece Jazz, - Colchester