Rob Mallows of the London jazz Meetup group previews BOB REYNOLDS at The Downbeat, Patrick’s Bar, Crystal Palace, 9pm, Saturday 31st March 2012
Bob Reynolds is a young saxophonist from Los Angeles. The only London show on his European tour is at Patrick’s Bar in Crystal Palace. With him are a very strong trio indeed: Janek Gwizdala -bass, Gary Husband – keys and Louie Palmer – drums.
Reynolds styles himself a ‘melody architect’. He weaves complex melodies from simple themes, layer by layer. He seems to seduce each tune, give it time to develop, to breathe – no rushing straight into complex chord changes and breakneck-speed arpeggios. His tunes are precise and accessible – there’s little to scare the listener. But his sax has many gears, and he uses them all. He radiates energy and coolness simultaneously, serving up rich slices of modern jazz.
The basement at Patrick’s has been refurbished and provides a great new space for jazz, with a capacity of 90. Nearest station is Crystal Palace Overground, so it’s also easily accessible by rail.