NEXT EVENT: Tue, 9th Jan 2024: Smeederij, Groningen; Mike Clark trio with Joris Teepe (bass)
Barry Green's New York Trio at Sheffield Jazz
The Barry Green Trio at the Bilbaina Jazz Club
Almost There: Jazz Journal review
★ ★ ★ ★
The title’s all wrong. Barry Green has arrived already. The writing’ crisp, sharp and adventurous, and his playing has real authority. Notice that the recording was made nearly three yeas ago. He must be positively scary now.
I don’t get to see him play much, but on the three occasions I have, the time zipped by. The album title makes sense in the context of the first track, which is one of those tunes that seems to go all over the place before settling to a groove that isn’t quite as unambiguous as it initially sounds.
Almost There: Jazzwize review
★ ★ ★ ★
The pianist Barry Green has self-produced a handful of enterprising recordings for his Moletone label that are testament of a song melody-driven contemporary post-bop manifesto.
Made up of pop song covers, jazz standards and originals, his version of You’ll Never Walk Alone cold melt the hearts of the most hardcore Manchester United FC supporters. Fats Waller’s Lulu’s Back In Town is a crunching post-bop toe-tapper and there are nicely handled salutes to piano heroes, Monk (Work) and Powell (Bouncing With Bud.