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REVIEW: Philip Clouts Quartet at the JazzBar, Edinburgh

Philip Clouts


Review: Philip Clouts Quartet.
(The JazzBar, Edinburgh, 2nd November 2014. Review by Patrick Hadfield)

East Africa, west Africa, and particularly South Africa; south Italy, the Middle East; the USA, by way of the work of John Steinbeck; even on his own doorstep: a Philip Clouts performance is a guided tour around his influences. For all his eclecticism, he creates a homogeneous sound.

Clouts’ native South Africa is the clearest marker. Several of his tunes have lively, jaunty township feel to them. Others are rooted closer to his Dorset home, like Riptide, an impressionistic, moody number inspired by the nearby sea, and On West Hill, named for the street on which he lives.

His fine band are with him all the way. Tom Ward played some fine soprano saxophone on Clef Mona, bringing in a Coltrane-esque twist to the klezmer swing. Tim Fairhall had some lovely bass solos, whilst Dave Ingamells‘ drumming was both understated and delicate, and driving – a rare combination. Together, they got quite a groove going.

Clouts translated the title of one of his South African-tinged tunes tunes, Umoya, as “life force”: a theme running through this enjoyable, affirming concert.

Philip Clouts, piano
Tom Ward, saxophone
Tim Fairhall, bass
Dave Ingamells, drums

On tour during November:
Wed Nov 5: 8pm  Glasgow Woodend Tennis & Bowling Club, 30 Chamberlain Road, Jordanhill, Glasgow
Thu Nov 6: 7:30pm  Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline
Fri Nov 7: Ribble Valley Jazz, The Atrium at Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, Lancashire,
Thur Nov 20: 8pm South Devon Arts Centre 24 Ford Rd, Totnes, Devon
Fri Nov 21: 8pm Burdall’s Yard 7A Anglo Terrace, Avon, Bath

LINK: Interview with Philip Clouts (Oct 2013) 

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