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The Steve Fishwick Quartet

 

On Tuesday , 21 August, trumpet player Steve Fishwick brought with him to Southampton Jazz Club:

Gabriel Latchin – Piano

Jeremy Brown – Bass

and Matt Home – Drums

They opened the first set with a fine uptempo number in John Coltrane’s “Some Other Blues”, which also set the standard of playing in that each member of the quartet played strongly during their solo slot. The Horace Silver number “Barbara” was next on the set playlist, Steve Fishwick played with a particularly nice tone on this number and, as with the first number, the rhythm section gave terrific support throughout. Steve switched to flugelhorn for “Portrait in Black and White”, written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, which gave a rich, warm tone to his playing. The laid-back Latin vibe was beautiful to hear with  great melody playing from Jeremy Brown on bass. Charlie Parker’s “Moose The Mooch” was next with the highlight being the bass/trumpet section that really was wonderful to witness. It was during this tune that drummer Matt Home got to show off his skills in his first real solo section of the first set – it was worth the wait – and this tune was probably the best tune of the set. Ballad time next with John Lewis’ “In A Crowd” with Steve playing flugelhorn. This was the lull before the storm with the Quartet finishing the set on a high with Cole Porter’s “Just One Of Those Things”. The band set off at a lick and just kept going, the playing was spot on and the tune was great way to finish the set before the equally exciting raffle took place.

We were eased in to the second set with a mid-tempo “Shortcake” written by trombonist J.J Johnson before hearing a T.S Monk tune “Ugly Beauty”: beautiful yes, ugly? definitely not from where I was sat. Gabriel Latchin, a pianist whose own CDs are worth checking out, stood out on this tune but as the piece was written by a pianist that should not really come as a surprise. Joe Henderson’s version of the Cole Porter tune “Night and Day” was next on the list with some very good interplay between trumpeter and drummer. Ballad time again with “Ruby”, a tune from the 1960s but not given an author. Steve again played flugelhorn, which gave the tune a very mellow sound, with understated playing from bass and piano that fitted just right. Again mention must go to drummer Matt Home who showed what really good brush playing sounds like – I have had the pleasure of hearing Matt live a few times now and can understand why his playing is admired so much. Jimmy Smith’s “Winter Sleeves” was to be the penultimate tune of the evening. Again, terrific playing throughout with the solo spot from bass to drum being seamless this was top notch playing without being showy. The evening ended with a slow blues number “C C Rider”, the right tune on which to end the second set and the evening!