Our fiftieth concert, and a second appearance by one of the UK's very top jazz saxophonists - and another terrific evening in association with Michael Eagleton of the Marlow Jazz Club. It consisted, in the main, of Dave's own compositions from his most recent album.
Dave O'Higgins was accompanied this time by Rob Barron on the piano, and the now-familiar faces of Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums). Once again, Dave announced that his saxophone needed no amplification in our excellent acoustic - a sentiment with which I entirely agree as he has the power to fill the church with sound twice over when he wants to!
Dave has something of a way with words too and his song titles range from dreadful puns to the distinctly quirky. The album itself is called "It's always 9.30 in Zog" - not sure he explained that one, but he did seem a bit surprised when I told him that King Zog of Albania once lived near Marlow (all true, folks). I do like the title of a track which he said he had taken from his US Visa application: "Alien with Extraordinary Ability". No arguing with the second part of that, anyway.
For me, the top tune of the evening was not actually one of the man's own compositions. I confess that Timelessness by Bheki Mseleku was a new one on me - but what a great track, and what a fantastic performance by Dave and the band. He told us that he had been a very frequent visitor to South Africa - now, an evening of African-inspired jazz by him would be quite something. Maybe next time?
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