A moment of magic from the first night of the Bath Jazz Weekend that seems to have popped up at a moment’s notice. A two piano set from Jason Rebello and Dave Newton and after kicking out the jams on Alone Together, a single wave of rippled arpeggio’s, and speculative melodic lines wound its way into the room. Rebello and Newton finishing and extending each other’s phrases, adding moving inner voices to the other’s suspended chords. They seemed to be thinking as one and gradually Darn that Dream appeared through the shimmer of sound. A moment to savour, and there’s more to come!
The weekend’s built around a programme of locally based bands who’ve all pitched in on the basis of a co-op like arrangement, everyone gets the same fee (including crew). That two of the country’s finest pianists popped down the road to do this duo set in an evening book-ended by Newton with violinist John Pearce to start, and hot club style duo The Gaulois Brothers to finish, is a indication of the fun to come!
As if that wasn’t enough, 100m along Widcombe Parade on Sunday evening , after all the fun is over, Dave Newton is playing at the regular Sunday evening gig in the Ring-O- Bells. This corner of Widcombe, Bath seems to pitching to be a south west Jazz Hub. Bring it on. Now, back to that jazz weekend….