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Phil Robson Organ Trio  -  Thu Jun 05, 2014  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
The trio of guitar, organ and drums was one of the defining sounds of the great Blue Note era, but after a decade or so it fell out of fashion as a certain formulaic approach took over. But in the past few years it has been re-invented by a new generation of musicians, building on the 1960s tradition but bringing a contemporary edge to the music.

Guitarist Phil Robson has long had the concept of an organ trio close to his heart, but wanted to feel that he had his own unique approach to the tradition before actually forming a band. Now he's done so, and with a repertoire of original material written especially for the group, he's succeeded in creating something that is fresh, exciting, played with great energy, and indisputably music for the 2010s.

Of course, distinctive music needs distinctive musicians, and this is an all-star trio. Phil Robson himself is an incredibly versatile and creative player, perhaps best known as a member of cult quartet Partisans, but also part of a raft of innovative bands with players from both sides of the Atlantic. Ex-pat American drummer Gene Calderazzo is also a member of Partisans, as well as lending his drive and swing to bands featuring such diverse talents as Kenny Wheeler, Zoe Rahman and vocalist Christine Tobin. And a quality organ trio needs a quality organist, and you'd struggle to find a more skillful and imaginative performer than Ross Stanley, the organist of choice for leaders such as Guy Barker, Dennis Rollins and Jim Mullen.

The return of the organ trio will be welcomed by many jazz enthusiasts who first fell in love with it all those years ago . . . and the Phil Robson Organ Trio is certain to win over a whole host of new converts.

This concert is part of a tour assisted by Jazz Services