Jazz Masters

Mortlock Chamber

9th March


There could hardly be a better venue for some intimate jazz than the amazing Mortlock Chamber. With its glass ceiling, three levels of books and wonderful architecture, it proved to be the perfect setting.

The Jazz Masters is led by Tim Barton and with him was guitarist Phil Banytis and tenor saxophonist Derek Pascoe. This bass less trio, with its emphasis on the standard repertoire was perfectly suited to the surroundings. It was also pleasing to note that this was a sold-out show

On entering these esteemed surrounds, patrons were greeted by Tim handing out the concert details, including personnel, songs and their composers, on a flyer. This is a first for this reviewer and hopefully not the last. A really nice touch.

As noted, the emphasis was on standards with a few originals from Phil Banytis and Tim Barton. It is pleasing to report that Banytis’s “Quiet Like” and Barton’s “Blues For SA” were the most impressive of the evening.

Barton is clearly a class pianist; he is able to effortlessly play in a multitude of styles with complete ease. Banytis was solid on guitar, providing solid backing and some fine solos. Pascoe is a truly top player and he demonstrated this in his many classy solos.

Rarely does one have the opportunity to hear some great jazz in such a stunning building.

Michael Prescott

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