The November gig, Tuesday, 27 November saw The Matt Wates Quartet arrive at Southampton Jazz Club with Matt Wates on alto sax, Leon Greening tickled the ivories, so to speak, while Julian Bury stood upright behind his bass. Finally, but not least was Matt Skelton on drums who was sitting in for Matt Fishwick who was unable to make it.
Matt Wates played superbly all night, there was no showboating – plenty of bad jokes between numbers but no showboating – just very good straight ahead jazz playing, which is always very much appreciated by the audience at Southampton Jazz Club. Leon Greening was a both a joy to hear and watch play the keyboard. I know that many in the audience were looking forward to hearing Leon, particularly as he was playing on home ground, and he did not disappoint. Both Julian and Matt were solid in maintaining the rhythm throughout the evening and it was great to hear some very good bowing from Julian on the bass.
Since hearing Matt live I have been listening to more of his music on CD – I was told by one audience member that it would not matter which CD I chose to purchase I would not be disappointed: and he was right – and come to really appreciate his playing style. This is one musician whose playing I will never tire of, which is just as well as I bought more than one of the selection of CDs on offer that night.