London, England - Thursday 07-July-2011
My sister Jane and her husband had tickets but were not able to make it so we swapped for two bottles of fine wine and went off for an evening of Jazz at the Barbican Hall.
We dined beforehand at Searcy's Bar and Restaurant which was good but maybe just a little pricey - but then they do have a slightly captive audience being so convenient for the Hall.
Both bands were excellent but I found Soulbop more to my liking; I don't feel qualified to write a review so here is a review from LondonJazz:
Terence Blanchard Quintet, Soulbop
(Barbican Hall, July 7th 2011, Review by Frank Griffith)
This was a night when two storming quintets held forth at the Barbican as part of the Blaze festival. Sporting essentially the same lineup (trumpet, tenor sax, keyboards,, bass and drums) the two groups could not have been more different in terms of style, repertoire and overall musical message. This contrast showed the versatility, scope and effect of what we define as jazz nowadays. Full review...
It has been ages since I wandered around that part of the City and the Barbican. It gave me flashbacks to my days with Coopers and Lybrand back in 1980 when I was young and single. Ah, those were the days.