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Brubecks Play Brubeck: Concert review

Pip Spencer reviews the recent performance of Brubecks Play Brubeck at the South Holland Concert in Spalding on Thursday, March 12:

The centenary of the great American jazz pianist Dave Brubeck falls this year.

In this concert, his sons Darius (piano), Chris (guitar and trombone) and Dan (drums) explore his legacy with the help of British saxophonist Dave O’Higgins (soprano and tenor).

Brubecks play Brubeck at Spalding's South Holland Centre.
Brubecks play Brubeck at Spalding's South Holland Centre.

The fact that this UK tour includes Spalding, not known for its overwhelming modern jazz appreciation, is nothing short of sensational.In the past we have enjoyed seeing on stage legends from this country: Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellings, all now sadly deceased.

The Brubeck Senior group made history in 1959 by having the first million-selling jazz album thanks to the classic ‘Take Five’ composition. Then, of course, their original cool style of jazz rhythms was supported by the delightful, lyrical sound of Paul Desmond’s alto sax.

The new generation Brubeck group playing here were not a carbon copy of the originals.They did, however, play some of the favourite numbers associated with their father, but included new material, all appreciated by a large audience.

Darius, the group leader, and the son most visually like his father, is also a composer, author and retired university professor and has an international following which is well deserved.

  • The South Holland Centre is currently closed until the end of April due to precautions over coronavirus.


Coronavirus: Events cancelled in the Spalding area and venues close doors

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