Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Brian Kellock Trio, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist
The Not the Brian Kellock Trio, as drummer John Rae put it, came about due to the normally irrepressible Kellock, who was to have led the proceedings, suddenly being laid low and hospitalised, though apparently doing well. His place at the piano was taken by another seasoned Scots jazzer, Robert Pettigrew, accompanied by Kellock’s long-standing bandmates, Rae, currently on parole from New Zealand, and double-bassist Kenny Ellis.
Kellock assured us from his hospital bed – via Rae – that the stand-in was “every bit as good a player and much, much cheaper”, and any fears that this would be a subdued session proved happily unfounded as the trio got into their limber stride in the opening My Ship, which featured a resonantly articulate bass solo from Ellis. The rumbustiously creative nature of the hastily patched-up trio became fully evident in the Bill Evans number Nardis, its forceful forward motion and ringing piano chords urged on by Rae’s cymbals and some nimble unison horsing between piano and bass.
The quirky Good Bait sparked off some nice sparring between drums and keyboard; Pettigrew initially took the ballad My One and Only Love at a suitably romantic tempo over hissing brushes, before making it strut a little, while the energetic For Minors Only, with its lively bass and explosive drum work, simply confirmed that what might have been a big disappointment had turned out to be a little triumph.
• Brian Kellock hopes to be back in action this week.
THE JAZZ BAR (Venue 57), until 30 August, 4pm / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015
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