Neame brings quality line-up
In the jazz world, if you have a vibraphone and a piano in your band someone will suggest you sound like the Modern Jazz Quartet.
In essence, that's no bad thing – the MJQ were a consistently excellent outfit whose restrained, almost classical, sound cut a calming swathe through frantic musical trends.
But while the inclusion of Jim Hart's vibraphone in pianist Ivo Neame's latest quintet – in Bristol on Sunday – bestows the cool of the vibes, Neame's music is a far more open-ended business. Last year's Large Ensemble CD Yatra revealed tracks ranging from tightly written minimalist counterpoint to the kind of frenetically free music you'd expect from Neame's contribution to the highly combustible Phronesis.
For touring purposes he's picked a core supergroup from the album's starry cast, with the fluent saxophone of Tori Freestone and emerging drum talent Dave Hamblett joining Neame, Hart and Phronesis uber-bassist Jasper Hoiby.