Kind of Blue - Colin Steele Quintet
Celebrating a jazz icon
This article is from 2009.
The year 1959 was something of a landmark in the annals of modern jazz, and yielded a number of classic jazz recordings, including Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Charles Mingus’s Ah Um! and John Coltrane’s Giant Steps. Pre-eminent among them, though, is the record that is probably the most iconic jazz album ever made, Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue.
Trumpeter Colin Steele marked the actual 50th anniversary of the recording in April with a sextet concert in which Martin Kershaw took on the Cannonball Adderley role on alto saxophone alongside Colin’s established quintet with Phil Bancroft (tenor saxophone), Dave Milligan (piano), Kenny Ellis (bass) and Stu Ritchie (drums).
In a nice touch, the trumpeter had Paul Harrison play piano on ‘Freddie Freeloader’, just as Wynton Kelly did in the original session, where Bill Evans was pianist on everything else. Steele reverts to quintet for these gigs, in which the musicians will pay tribute to the spirit of the originals, while allowing scope for their own individuality to emerge.
The Jazz Bar, 220 4298, 17–22 Aug, 9pm; 23–26 Aug, 9.30pm, £10.