Roberts/Exall Quintet in Sweden!(August 11, 2015)
The Amy Roberts / Richard Exall Quintet have just returned from a highly successful trip to Sweden, where they performed at Hallevik Jazz Festival!
Here's the translation of an article from the local paper....
Brilliant Contrasts By Excellent Quintet
The first band to take the stage in Jazztältet, the main venue at Hällevik Tradjazz Festival on Friday 1st Aug 2015, just after the festival’s opening parade, was Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet, England. Amy Roberts, twice a winner of the British Jazz Award’s Rising Star category (2007 and 2009) has played the major jazz venues and festivals all over Britain and Europe. Joining her on stage in Hällevik is a renowned quintet.
The orchestra took off in a frantic Lady B Good where all the musicians got to display what excellent and skillful soloist they are. In the ballad that followed, If I had you, we got to enjoy Bill Coleman’s delicate double base playing on a very well-sounding instrument. In the Cuban Tico Tico, the tempo sped up and Amy Roberts and Richard Exall treated us with unison clarinet and flute playing. Following a very enjoyable singing performance by Exall in I’m gonna sit right down ..., the band continued with a sumptuous saxophone version of Earl Bostic’s Harlem Nocturne. Their Black Orpheus was light and swayed and sashayed as a bossanova should. And Amy Robert’s flute soared above it all. The audience also got to participate and played along with the band when joining in as choir in the classic Caledonian.
The second set started with an up-tempo version of Honeysuckle Rose. Richard Exall offered soulful singing in Georgia On My Mind and Amy Roberts’s emotional and beautiful flute playing gave me goose bumps. The pace then rose considerably in a Brasilian-inspired piece and once again we got to enjoy Robert’s flute and Exall’s clarinet. In Earl Bostic’s signature song Flamingo both AR and RE grabbed their saxophones and blew the audience away with snorting play. As a contrast, the quintet offered a jazzy clarinet, piano and flute-version of the Three Minute Waltz by Frederic Chopin.
The pianist Tom Kincaid delivered subtle and inspired music throughout the concert, and Bill Coleman must be any orchestra’s dream. Not only for his nice tone and gentle touch, but for his rocksteady playing. Drummer/percussionist Marc Parnell, who I first thought to be a little rough gradually mellowed and certainly pushed the beat in an excellent manner. The encore Sweet Georgia Brown ended the concert and the jam-packed tent slowly emptied as a very happy and content audience dropped off.