Thursday 22nd July 2021
£35.00 - £45.00
LINE-UP: JOHN ETHERIDGE guitar; CHRIS GARRICK violin; DAVE KELBIE rhythm guitar; ANDY CROWDY bass
Now celebrating its 21st year together, John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus was originally formed as a personal tribute by John to his mentor and inspiration Stephane Grappelli with whom he worked for 5 years in the 70s and early 80s.
Taking its cue from the Hot Club of France and the legendary group that featured Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, the band features John’s dazzling guitar work and the scintillating violin of Chris Garrick. The relationship of these two has been described as one of the most potent in European jazz and backed up by the propulsive drive of Kelbie and Crowdy, the band produces breath-taking sallies through repertoire both old and contemporary.
A must for all fans of melodically based inspired, swinging acoustic jazz.
"This quartet is a working band. Since recording their first CD 'Sweet Chorus' they have chalked up nearly 150 live performances in a rhythmic cohesion and creative flow that is evident from the first bar... Dave Kelbie's rhythm guitar is a joy in itself, firm but relaxed, clearly executed but never obtrusive. Chris Garrick is simply the most accomplished and expressive jazz violinist on today's jazz scene. consistently inventive. Malcolm Creese is one of the most in demand bass players around. A virtuoso who never overplays, his handsome broad bass sound underpins the quartet. As an improviser John Etheridge will go fearlously where he has never gone before bringing a constant sense of adventure and suprise to the music. As a solo guitar performer he gives a delicate reading... After listening to this album nobody can doubt the Etheridge/Garrick partnership is one of the most fertile in jazz today." Charles Alexander (extracts from 'Chasing Shadows' sleeve notes)
JOHN ETHERIDGE - (guitar) John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists". He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as 'eclectic' as he refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. His range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, The Soft Machine. John is equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar and his willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them. He has played with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Vic Juris and countless others. John's ability as an outstanding composer is sometimes overlooked but he is often under pressure from audiences to feature more of his own material.
CHRISTIAN GARRICK - (violin)
Despite his youth the brilliant Christian Garrick has already made a mark with his superb playing on this most demanding of instruments. In 1989 at age 16 he won first prize in the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition. In 1993, while at the Royal Academy, he won the coveted Cleo Johnston Composition Prize. Although professional for only a short time he has already collaborated with John Dankworth, Julian Joseph and John Etheridge. 'The best young violinist in jazz today". Dave Gelly, The Observer
DAVE KELBIE - (rhythm guitar)
Well known as a rock-solid (or should it be jazz-solid?) rhythm guitarist, Dave Kelbie is first call to accompany such luminaries as gypsy guitarist Fapy Lapertin, Bob Wilber and Portuguese diva Anabela Da Silva. He is a leading light in the group Szapora (formerly the Budapest Café Orchestra) and founder member of 'Le Jazz".
ANDY CROWDY - (bass)
Andy Crowdy has worked with Lilian Boutte and has been with Sweet chorus for over 10 years.He is a brilliand multi instrumentalist, at home on guitar and keyboards as well as a virtuoso bass player.