Quentin Collins Sextet
'A trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach'.
Quentin Collins is, quite simply, a master musician; as an instrumentalist he has attributes likely to turn many of his trumpet playing colleagues green with envy – a tone that remains consistently rich throughout every register, pin-point articulation and, where jazz improvisation is concerned, a crackling delivery, brimming with ideas, that does nothing so much as call the late, great, Freddie Hubbard to mind.
Those very same assertive characteristics mark his bandleading too, Collins always choosing musicians who share his passion for the 'real thing'.
Showcasing music from his album Road Warrior (a knowing tribute to the joys and vicissitudes of life as a professional musician), his band today is chock-full of similarly no-nonsense performers: one man alto sax explosion Tony Kofi; new tenor giant Leo Richardson and a rhythm section centred upon that most dynamic of drummers, Winston Clifford.
Like the six-man line-up of Tom Dunnett, Collins' sextet offers the best of both musical worlds: an instrumental format that has furnished jazz history with some of its finest units (Miles' Kind of Blue outfit, Cannonball Adderley's early sixties group, the first Herbie Hancock band) yet showcasing musicians eager to put their own stamp on things.
For those who love their jazz straight-up and yet full of carefully wrought detail, it's a must-hear.
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Saturday September 28, 2:15pm
- > Quentin Collins - Trumpet
- > Leo Richardson - Tenor Saxophone
- > Tony Kofi - Alto Sax
- > Steve Hamilton - Piano
- > Larry Bartley - Double Bass
- > Winston Clifford - Drums