Phil Meadows' Standard: Leeds, UK, April 24, 2010
's classic "Footprints" was a satisfying finale, with an arrangement inspired by Terence Blanchard
's lively recording from Bounce
(Blue Note, 2003). Over a punchy groove all members let loose, Meadows using the full range of his alto, honking punctuation over Hanley's hip hop influenced beats. Again Peakall seemed a home, playing stunningly fast lines, his Herbie Hancock influence coming through strong. It was also great to see a much awaited bass solo from Sterling, who despite understandable fatigue, proved himself a great melody-maker too.
It was an impressive night of music at one of Leeds' most recently jazz-friendly venuesthere were some unrefined moments, but from a band so young, and on their debut gig together, they displayed a maturity and cohesion that seemed far ahead of their years.