ALAN BARNES OCTET

Har­lem Air­shaft

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - RAY COMISKEY

Woodville Helped by ar­ranger Tony Faulkner’s notes, Elling­ton fans can savour the skill with which he ref­er­ences, to vary­ing de­grees, th­ese Ducal orig­i­nals for Barne’s octet. Bruce Adams (trum­pet/flugel­horn), Andy Wood (trom­bone), and the reeds of Tony Coe, Barnes and Andy Panayi (dou­bling so­prano to bari­tone, with flute, clar­inet and bass clar­inet added) give him a fine spread of voic­ings. He uses them well, par­tic­u­larly on such sel­dom-heard pieces as Sec­ond Line, the ide­alised, ex­otic sen­su­al­ity of Fan­tazm and on the bet­ter known Har­lem Air­shaft and La Plus Belle Africaine. His and the ensem­ble’s work (Coe is a quirk­ily mag­nif­i­cent soloist) is ca­pa­bly backed by the John Hor­ler-Alec Dankworth-Mike Smith rhythm sec­tion, but what’s also ev­i­dent is the band’s un­abashed plea­sure in the ma­te­rial be­fore them. www.mu­s­ic­connec­tion.org.uk

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