Review: Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams Quintet
Derek Ansell enjoys the talent and telepathy of the Alan Barnes quintet - Bruce Adams, David Newton, Andrew Cleyndert and Bobby Worth - at the Progress Theatre, Reading
Playing a concert for Jazz In Reading before Christmas, the Barnes/Adams quintet demonstrated a tight togetherness and almost telepathic understanding of what each musician was doing at any given moment. Such strong yet free-flowing integration is rare in bands unless they have worked together for many years and are extremely talented and inventive musicians. Clearly all of this band has the talent, from Alan himself (pictured) and his frequent front-line partner, Bruce Adams, to pianist David Newton, bassist Andrew Cleyndert and drummer Bobby Worth. This all-star lineup played two blistering sets for Jazz in Reading in the small but intimate Progress Theatre. Barnes played baritone sax on his own composition Mr. TC and followed up with a powerful alto sax blast on Cannonball, proving that he is just as competent on alto and bari and, for that matter, tenor, which he also played during this programme. Although he plays hard and fast on much of the material, he is still a lyrical performer and his solos make a good contrast with those of Adams, a brash, forthright trumpeter who plays with a rough, brassy edge and plenty of power.
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