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Dave Newton

Thursday 22nd October - 8pm
Bonington Theatre

David Newton Trio - Review by Trudie Squires

David Newton (piano) Andrew Cleyndert (bass) Steve Brown (drums)

BEFORE David Newton's trio appeared we were treated to a short recital by an extremely young and wonderfully talented young pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason, who is just 13 years old and lives in Mapperley Park. Isata is studying piano at London's Royal Academy and the audience was immediately captivated by her flawless technique and graceful hands. She played Mendelssohn's Rondo Capriccioso and Listz's Liebesträume, which received enthusiastic applause. Jazz pianist David Newton remarked, as he led his trio on-stage: "As my father used to say to me, 'Follow that'!"

Opening with Jimmy Van Heusen's Here Comes That Rainy Day, Newton's trio gave a virtuoso performance. Immaculate phasing, dazzling runs and a plethora of superbly constructed solos were the order of the day. On a gorgeous version of Willow Weep For Me Newton let rip with crashing chords and a sonorous, wandering left hand. His rhythm team of Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) both shared consummate skills; Cleyndert's nimble and powerful attack was coupled with a huge, snarling tone, all effortlessly delivered but with devastating effect. Brown, making his second trip to the Bonington this month was an endlessly creative percussionist, with rattling snare and steely top cymbal driving the swingers; his brushes and even bare hands caressing the ballads.

After the break Rodgers and Hart's There's A Small Hotel showed off more of Newton's seeming limitless keyboard skills, producing a "down-home" sound. When Can I See You was a joyous excursion into bop, stride, boogie - you name it. Teach Me Tonight was another classic to finish with, leaving everyone with big smiles on their faces as they left the theatre.

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