I’ll be doing a full review once some pictures are in from Victor Guidini, but here is just a first thought. This was the first time I have heard Dave Smith‘s drumming for a while, and in the intervening time he has been doing stadium shows all over the world with Robert Plant (as in THIS PICTURE). Jim Hart has written new music of considerable rhythmic complexity, and Dave – with bassist Michael Janisch – provide the rhythm engine to make it work. That thought is quite simple: go to Kings Place tonight, and hear drumming with the rolling creativity and fullness and sensitivity to sound of a Jack DeJohnette, the ability to land clearly, decisively and definitively of a Brian Blade. Dave Smith, reunited for this tour with old musical friends, never overpowers them, but he is a mighty force.