Dick Lee Septet
Exploring new sounds
This article is from 2007.
Clarinetist Dick Lee is a regular at this venue, and leads his seven-piece expansion of Swing 2007, featuring a four-horn frontline in which he is joined by Anne Evans, Duncan Nairn and Martin Foster, a combination that gives him access to a wide variety of wind instruments, including flutes as well as clarinet, various saxophones and the mellifluous combination of three bass clarinets. Guitarists John Russell and Stephen Coutts and bassist Roy Percy underpin the action in swinging fashion.
‘I’m trying to write and arrange material that will exploit the unusual range of sounds, and although the other members of Swing 2007 are in the ensemble, I’m trying to make the repertoire markedly different from that band’s, by exploring the polyphonic possibilities of the instrumentation in various jazz idioms, and including some of my own compositions as well as original arrangements of classic jazz tunes.’
Valvona & Crolla, 556 7800, 11, 13, 22 Aug, 7.45pm; 13, 17, 23 Aug, 8pm, £10 (£8).