Greg Lyons - Damon Brown Quintet
Took Place on Wed 12th April 2006
- in front of a stalwart audience compliment of 72
Lyons Tenor Sax - Those currently involved in his
recordings and performances include Malaysian drummer Lewis Pragasam, bassists
Christy Smith (USA) and Andy Peterson (Malaysia), Finnish pianist
pianists Mei Sheum (Singapore), Michael Veerapen, Mac Chew (Malaysia) and
Michael Stanton (USA), percussionist Steve Thornton (USA), guitarists
(Hong Kong), singer
(Hong Kong), and British trumpeter
He has played and recorded with many other great musicians. These include jazz
artists such as: Toninho Horta, Billy Cobham, Phil Perry, Terumasa Hino, Jeremy
Monteiro, Asiabeat, Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers, John Etheridge, Phil
Manzanera, Nana Vasconcelos. He has been instrumental in the setting up of
several jazz writing and performance courses and has lectured at various
institutions such as University Malaya Kuala Lumpur, Singapore University and
The International Saxophone Conference for Mahidol University in Bangkok.
continues to be as involved as possible in education and welcomes the chance to
run workshops during his travels. (See Greg's
Masterclass intros on this site).
Sample from Greg Lyons Acclaimed - Island to Island -
... after previewing a larger than
normal stack of cd's that came into the studio this week, none stood out more
than one submitted by an independent artist... I had my first listen to
saxophonist Greg Lyons 'island to island' and the decision was clear... this
work would be shared with jazz fans all over the world... and thus, became this
weeks featured album (on radioioJAZZ)
Greg Lyons Website
(Pictures by Peter Hutchinson©)
leaving the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Damon's unique trumpet sound
and approach to music earned him the admiration of both musicians and audiences
in a surprisingly wide variety of musical settings. This, perhaps, reflects his
own tastes and influences which span from the classical music repertoire through
to the jazz and improvised music tradition; from popular song to dance music,
soul and reggae. He has toured internationally and recorded with Maxi Priest,
Paul Weller, The Pasadenas and visited Japan for the first time with acid jazz
group Push. Damon has always maintained strong links with British Jazz and
his playing on the Ska scene with artists like Prince Buster, Desmond Decker,
The Specials and most notably, a long standing relationship, with Jamaican
trombonist Rico Rodriguez have helped him to forge his individual voice as an
improviser. He has recently returned from Japan and his work on the début Adam F
album won him many new admirers. This crossover with dance and pop culture has
been an important factor in Damon's development as a composer. His style blends
British and American influences in a highly personalised approach to jazz.
While rooted firmly in the blue-note tradition his continued reference to wider
musical settings creates complex and emotional music with flowing melodic lines
which seem to transcend boundaries. The music, although exciting and
accessible, retains a classic feel throughout.
Now resident in Paris.
God Bless The Child - Sample
Damon Brown (Trumpet, Flugelhorn) plays with a warmth and
fluidity that allows him to find considerable variations from the norm ,
therefore making his work worthy of attention. His thoughtful and
attentive playing always demonstrates his ability to find greater emotional
depths. Browns playing skills are such that he is able to blend his
seemingly disparate influences and create original and entertaining contemporary
music that defies pigeonholing. A gifted composer..."
THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ ON RECORD 6th EDITION
Damon Brown Website
The Quintet delivered superb sets of both Standards and Originals to
illustrate the talent assembled on Stage.
This ensemble improvised magnificently within some fine arrangements by both
Greg and Damon and the house Piano had its first caress of jazz fingers -
courtesy of Leon Greening. Some amazingly complex
solo work delighted the audience. The late introduction of David
Chamberlain pacing and driving the band with Matt Skelton was absolute joy for
me. All the copies of their latest albums were swiftly sold and our first
raffle mitigated our losses From £101 to £51 despite my screwing down the Bands fee.
Thanks Guy's only about 6 tickets short of the break even point.
Concert Programme -
Blue Soul - by Blue Mitchell
If I Should Lose You - Leo Robin & Ralph Rainger
My Deposit - original Damon Brown
Busted back Blues - original Damon Brown
Elbow Room - original Greg Lyons
Misty Night -
by Tadd Dameron
Mediaeval Jazz?- original by Damon Brown
Heart of Stone -
original Greg Lyons
Night in Tunisia -
by Dizzy Gillespie
Greg Lyons & Damon Brown -
UK Tour Featured
Pianist Leon Greening studied
at Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall.
His extraordinary solos, inspired by the
likes of Wynton Kelly and Bud Powell, keep the audience on the edge of their
seats and mark him out, at the age of only 31, as one of the finest pianists
this country has ever produced. An all star gig absolutely not to be missed.
He was voted runner-up in the 1999
Sun Alliance Musician of the Year awards.
He has performed at Ronnie Scott's and
with Christian Brewer Quartet, Matt Wates Sextet, Gareth Lockrane Septet and
toured with pop band 'Incognito'.
Chamberlain - Double Bass
Also performed with Scotland's David Newton (Piano),
Mark Crooks Quintet,
Tim Lapthorne (Piano),
Matthew Skelton - Drums
(Mike Gorman & Jim Mullen Organ Trio)
Just to say that it was another great gig this month . We really enjoyed
it and thought that it was a great grouping of very talented musicians.
In fact, thinking about it the next day it struck me how lucky we are to
have such a terrific quality of young jazz musicians in the UK.....also that
we are lucky to have you bringing them to us! We are quite unable to
understand why this was not a full house....is it just inertia or what? Nice
to see some young folk there, seems odd there are so few when so many of the
musicians are relatively young. - Julian.
on Wednesday, one of the best so far I think. I bought the “A Bigger
Picture” CD, it’s pretty good. I’m on holiday in May, so hope to see you
in June for the Dan Banks gig. -