Review: The Richard Pite Quintet

Review from our Edinburgh Festival show - a great theatre show for jazz festivals and concerts in London & around the world. 

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2015: Richard Pite Quintet:  It’s a shame more people weren’t at the mid-afternoon gig by the Richard Pite Quintet yesterday… maybe it was down to the jazz festival’s blurb which mentioned “classic” jazz, but failed to mention who the rest of the band members were. Whatever the reason, this quintet deserved better.

 

Indeed, it would have been good to know in advance that the front line comprised trumpeter Ryan Quigley and clarinettist Peter Long.  Quigley’s performance was worth the ticket price alone. On tune after tune, his solos –the epitome of musical swagger and imaginative style – were like electric shocks which jolted the music with their energy. Long must have been thinking along similar lines because no sooner had Quigley had his Frankenstein effect on Honeysuckle Rose than Long announced the next tune as an audience participation exercise, wherein participants had to shout out the title on cue during the number.

 

It was Puttin’ On the Ritz, clearly inspired by Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein version – and it turned out to be the highlight of the festival thus far… sensational playing by all concerned.

 

Alison Kerr, Jazz Matters