Manchester Jazz Collective: 07/10/16
JATP , Glyde House , Bradford


JATP had to squeeze into every corner of the Glyde House space to get this 10 peice ensemble onto the stage but it was worth every trial and tribulation to have a stand-out evening of jazz.

Never underestimate the power of a larger ensemble when they are working to a bunch of effective arrangements. This may not always be 'cutting edge' but the sheer power of the horns playing together gets inside you and the varying textures of sounds is a constant delight. This band clearly love making music together and make very good use of the different sounds and tones available to them. With such a large group of players and a host of individual skills, it seems wrong to pick any out individuals, but standout performances included Nick Walters on trumpet and Graham South on flugelhorn.

After a riproaring start with plenty of opportunities for band members to blow, the first set showed plenty of variety including an interesting and atmospheric arrangement of a slow march. Other numbers drew on the band members' inspitations and musical backgrounds in a kaleidoscopic palette of sounds and styles including reggae and a raucous calypso. The second set started with some rousing baritone sax solo work by Stuart Macdonald  which was interspersed with some muscular ensemble horns. The band signed off with a particularly exciting number employing strong bass roots from Paul Baxter to set off the underlying pulse that ran throughout the piece. Colourful individual playing was interspersed with clever arrangements bringing whole band together and building to a big climax, leaving the whole audience stunned! 

If you want to hear more of the band's music they have a soundcloud page here and we have a link to one track on this page.