"It’s a selection clearly chosen to show off the pan’s versatility and how unexpectedly at home it sounds in the company of conventional instruments." -
". . . it took this CD to realise the steel pan's jazz possibilities." - Bebop Spoken Here
"This is a really enjoyable album featuring the steel pan which is rarely heard in jazz but which easily holds its own in the company of the more usual instruments." - Sandy Brown Jazz
Sunday, January 27th
Steel Pan Jazz with
Mark Cherrie Quartet
As a vastly experienced steel pan player, Mark Cherrie has developed a completely unique voice on an instrument that, for some, still remains something of a novelty. However, in this setting, and supported by some of the UK’s foremost jazz musicians, he proves that in his hands, the instrument itself can be a genuine jazz voice.
The material from Mark's acclaimed debut album, Joining The Dots, takes the listener on a journey through modern jazz tunes such as Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage, to jazz versions of popular songs like Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, English folk music and a few original compositions.
Apart from playing jazz, Mark has been composing music for films and TV for well over 20 years, as well as playing for musicians such as Edwin Starr, Jimmy Ruffin, Odyssey and Gary Barlow.
Mark Cherrie (Steel Pan), John Donaldon (Piano), Mick Hutton (Double Bass) and Eric Ford (Drums).
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set 7.30pm
" . . . he has a point to make here, which is to present the pan as a serious instrument,
capable of greater things than enlivening school fetes and summer barbecues."
- The Guardian
"A great musician
in his own right
and a great
- Jazz FM
". . . a groovy, well-made album that blends strong self-penned material and jazz classics (Miles, Herbie et al) with unlikely covers of Nirvana and Hendrix." -
Record Collector ★★★