Review: Roger Beaujolais at Reading Jazz
Derek Ansell catches vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais at Reading’s Progress Theatre, featuring nods to Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson
He had no trouble, however, improvising on more complex lines such as Wayne Shorter’s Yes Or No, where the intricate twists and turns of the theme seemed to inspire him to work out some of his most inventive improvised lines. Aspland was a strong support, both as accompanist and soloist and aided stoutly by Thorpe’s no-nonsense bass playing and the swirling polythythms of Clifford. The drummer exercised his solo chops with two long, well-constructed solos, one at the end of each set.
This was yet another strong recital at the small but intimate Progress Theatre for Reading Jazz, the local club that now promotes several music events in and around the town. It brought in an enthusiastic full house. At the end they clapped and stomped their feet in appreciation but there just wasn’t time for an encore, local licensing law imposing a curfew.
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