PREVIEW: BUTCHER BROWN AT STOREY'S FIELD CENTRE EDDINGTON
Cambridge goes ultra funky on Friday – they don’t come much cooler than Butcher Brown and his Band Yes it’s jazz but not as we know it. Or rather jazz as it began to surface in the Seventies when a fusion of electric, and traditional instrumentation began to sweep the board. It’s happening again. These five musicians can read each other like a tricky musical score – and their combined impressive bond plays out a driving confident beat -based, relaxed sound. A sell-out at the jazz café in London on Wednesday, they will be thrilled to play in the sonic heaven that is the Storey Field Centre at Eddington with its cutting edge technology, and acoustic so sophisticated the noise reverberates reassuringly round the room with nothing in its way. A musical architect has fashioned a frame here for the most fastidious players. This line up is bound to love it And so will the audience.
Butcher Brown: DJ Harrison on keyboards, Corey Fonville on drums, Marcus Tenney on saxophone and trumpet, Andrew Randazzo on bass, and Morgan Burrs on guitar are all exemplary musicians on the up and up in any world where good strong vibes are valued. They hit Cambridge for one night only. Groove music like this doesn’t come knocking every day – and be ready for a strong driving sound stripped for action .
For fans of Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard this is an essential concert! To round off what will be a fabulously funky evening, there will be pre-concert and interval music from local DJ Dave Rendle(Night Sweats Music) and the band will be supported by Cambridge’s home-grown Resolution 88 .Unusually baked pizza is on sale for most of the evening from the hugely popular food pop-up operating from their fun double decker bus. A great night in store
Yet this concert is but a taster. Only today, the line up for the Jazz Festival came hot off the press. Now the Fifth Brewin Dolphin Cambridge International will range across the musical Board, from the immensely powerful Black Voices Quintet presenting 'The Soul of Nina Simone'(Nov 24, Storey’s Field Centre) to two Norwegian headliners,saxophonists Jan Garbarek(Saffron Hall)
The menu is majestic but the taster is supremel, a well chosen hors d’euvre for a feast to come.