GIG-2 Reprise - Paul Booth (Saxes)
with The Tim Dawes Trio
Place on 17th August, 2005 with an audience of 80. Very special thanks to the
Paul Booth & The Tim Dawes Trio and those Jazz
Fans who were not on holiday and turned up to make this a well attended success - a
great night of sonorous sounds. The evening passed all too quickly amid a feast of
Tenor Saxophonist Paul Booth is very much a rising star at
the age of 26, but his career to date is, if anything, more remarkable. Paul has
been playing from the age of ten and started to play extensively on the North
East jazz scene at the age of l3. The Royal Academy of Music accepted Paul at
the age of 15 onto their four-year degree course in jazz from which Paul
graduated with honours.
Winner of “The Most Promising Jazz Player of the
Year Under 21”, judged by John Dankworth and Chris Barber in the televised
“Young Jazz Player of the Year” competition when only 16. The following year he
was voted “The Best Modern Jazz Player” in the same competition judged by Kenny
Ball and Ronnie Scott, who likened his mature impact to that of the young Tubby
Hayes decades earlier.
Paul Opened with a Dave Brubeck
number - In Your Own Sweet Way
- followed by The Song is You.
He gave a very
tender interpretation of Sir William Walton's - Touch Her Soft Lips and Part -
(a title which demands you to conjure with it) - from the Olivier Film of Henry V.
The first set then finished with You and the Night and the Music.
Second set opened with a Horace
Silver composition - The Jody Grind
and moved on to the delightful Kenny Wheeler
number - Everybody's Song but my Own. Speak Low - was performed in a Latin
then followed by a fine rendition of Hoagy's - Skylark.
To avoid a
time over run in the Theatre he finished with an ebullient up-tempo tune of 8
choruses and sent us out into the night duly impressed with his achievements and
his highly promising future.
Tim Dawes Trio
- Double Bass
some fine rhythmic accompaniment and delivered carefully structured solos from
his impossibly angled and ancient String Bass which had been treated to a new
set of strings. His modesty conceals a finely honed talent.
Peskett - Piano -
is very a very cerebral musician and contributes delicate and pertinent
accompaniment with intensely formulated and exciting solos. His highly focused
concentration reminded me very much of the late Bill Evans.
Graham has a refreshing approach do his drumming working his cymbals feverishly
and surprising us all by playing barefoot - very tactile on the pedals. He
gave a spectacular performance nearly leaping over his kit to the near shock and
amusement of the other members of the band. The Ghost of Keith Moon must
have been present. Discerning members of the audience were very
impressed with his technique. When asked where he wished to place his drum
kit - he replied - only amateur drummers grab the centre spot. Some