Brownfield/Byrne Quintet with Alan Barnes

Mar 29, 2017

Jamie Brownfield trumpet
Liam Byrne saxophone
Alan Barnes reeds
Andy Hulme guitar
Ed Harrison double bass
Jack Cotterill drums

Last night we were treated to first class and utterly superb musicianship from BBQ and Alan Barnes. Their repertoire was excellent with many inspirational arrangements prepared by Liam and we certainly enjoyed a top class evening in the company of what has to be some of the jazz scenes best musicians. As expected Alan complimented the band and he also praised Liam for the arrangements that he had brought for the session.

Tunes for the first set were – I Found A New Baby – When Lights Are Low with a lovely guitar intro by Andy – a tune Jimmy Heath wrote for Chet Baker called Tynan Tyme which featured Jamie and great individual solos from the band – Goodbye a tune composed by Gordon Jenkins and this was the closing theme song for the Benny Goodman Orchestra – Comes Love which after the tune was played we discovered by “google” that it was composed by Sam Stept with lyrics by Lew Brown and was for a Broadway Musical called Yokel Boy – Caravan with a latin feel and a beautiful arrangement by Liam brought the first set to a close.

The second set was equally as entertaining with the following tunes played. My Blues – Early Autumn a tune written by Woody Herman which in turn made Stan Getz famous – Minor-Yours – a beautiful version of Danny Boy – a feature with Alan “a Brexit tune” called We’ll Be Together Again and a final tune of the evening again a great arrangement of It Don’t Mean A Thing.

This was a spellbinding evening where he whole audience listened intently to the show being presented by these masters of their instruments. There are not enough superlatives to describe the evening – just to say again top class and inspirational and a must to repeat for next year.