Scarborough Jazz Festival

This weekend saw the exciting first performance of the new ‘Songs of the Ridings’ commission tour at the Scarborough Jazz Festival.

Lance Liddle of the bebop spoken here blog had this to say about the gig:

Commissioned by Creative North Yorkshire and Scarborough Jazz Festival this was a bold and ambitious work composed and arranged by leader Anderson. Is compositional ideas are good and his tenor sound warm although on Cold Spell it was appropriately – cool! Kari Bleivik’s vocal lines added a Winstonian feel to the ensembles.

On bass John Marley delivered a strong harmonic foundation propelled along by Gardner’s drums whilst, on piano, Sheriff, proved, as he has done at previous Scarborough Festival, what an inventive player he is.

A fine set and yet…
…on a descriptive suite such as this I felt that the leader should have spoken more about the background or, if time was prohibitive, to have provided programme notes such as Tommy Evans did in the evening.

That aside, it was musically sound.

(Lance Liddle, bebop spoken here: Scarborough Jazz Festival – Sunday Afternoon, 26/09/11)

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We’re looking forward to the next three gigs of the tour – next up is Pave Bar in Hull, this Sunday the 2nd Oct. Also in the pipeline is Matt n’ Phreds, Manchester (11th Oct) and 7arts Centre, Leeds (16th Oct).

Sampler CD reviewed in the York Press

The Matt Anderson Quartet sampler CD was reviewed by Ron Burnett for the York Press in this week’s ‘Jazz Notes.’ This is what he said:

Saxophonist Matt Anderson has a new quartet album of his own with John Marley, Aubin Vanns (guitar) and Sam Gardner (drums), who are all on Kate’s CD.

Aubin’s mellow, Metheny-esque electric guitar in place of piano creates a cool, spacy dynamic, occasionally booted up a notch by Gardner’s drums in a compelling programme of original compositions. Ralph’s Cross has elegiac saxophone over gently meandering rhythm, guitar chords with a hint of atmospheric reverb and Marley’s full-toned bass.

Cold Spell is a warmly propulsive and rewarding four-part conversation between the instruments. The Vanns composition, Free Into Edinburgh, is a boppy, 6/8 piece and the guitarist stretches out in an articulate solo.

The Matt Anderson 6-track album can be streamed or downloaded free or at your own price at

(Ron Burnett, York Press Music News and Reviews – Jazz Notes, Fri 2nd September 2011)

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