Friday 4 November 2022
“…a lot of affection, a lot of respect for those unforgettable melodies and a whole lotta damn fine playing…” is how Jazzwise described the Ben Crosland Quintet’s cleverly arranged versions of many of Davis’ favourite hits lovingly played by stalwarts of the British jazz scene.
Crosland himself says, “Ray Davies’ songs are rooted in the blues, music hall, popular song, variety and musical theatre – the perfect vehicles for jazz interpretation”.
And there’s a lot to love in this consistently swinging, easy to listen to ensemble.
Ben Crosland – bass
Theo Travis – sax/flute
John Etheridge – guitar
Steve Lodder – piano
Nic France – drums