Spot on, Kuljit Bhamra is totally brilliant. I sat about 5 feet away from him and maybe 12 feet away from Andy at Ronnie Scotts.A quick note about Andy's show on saturday 6th, Feb in Southampton.
I found it really lifting in a very relaxed way. The mood and ambience took the starring role in each tune with no self indulgence creeping through in any musician.
I am not over familiar with any of Andy's stuff as I have only admired his playing in snippets between listening to many other players.
Saw him once before back in the 90's in Salisbury which was technically good but not as interesting as I had hoped. This time though, it was far far more captivating. Movements in Colour was the theme for the night and it's hard for me to imagine that they could have done any more to create a better feel on the night.
The sound was great and no unnecessary amplification.
Beautiful is the best way to describe it.
At 40 something though, I did feel teenage when I looked around me at the average age of the decent sized crowd. That is fine but I couldn't help wondering why the balance was so strongly in favour of B&Q discount every wednesday?
Can't let it go with out mentioning 2 more things...
Kuljit Bhamra. INCREDIBLE!!!!
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Doesn't really matter I know but what Tenor Sax was he using? Should be a Mauriat but the half decent glimpses I got had convinced me it was his MKVI right until he walked off at the end and I thought I spotted the Mauriat type body to bell brace.
It was raw brass but no whacky coloured key touches, just plain old white MOP. So I am not convinced either way.
The tenor he plays is a P Mauriat 66RUL, just like mine and the touches are a whitish/silver MOP (though I think they call it abalone). I'm pretty sure his sop is a mk VI - at least it was at his workshop I went to at the end of 2008 though he does like to change his saxes more regularly than his mps.