This is one of the images I took of Christian Scott on Saturday night at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath. I’ve been enjoying listening to Christian Scott’s latest album, “Yesterday you said Tomorrow” for a few months now so I was really looking forward to this gig. It really lived up to expectations. The atmosphere in a packed Hare and Hounds was great and the band, playing their last gig of a long tour, delivered a fine set. To me the numbers sounded a bit punchier and less laid back than they do on the album and the band seemed to stretch out a bit more as all the musicians in the band shone. Scott’s trumpet playing was excellent but he certainly didn’t hog the limelight. At times the guitarist, Mathew Stevens, really shone and Kris Funn on bass was excellent. However I particularly loved the way that Jamire Williams on drums and Laurence Fields on keyboards played together. The drumming was superb with a smattering of what sounded to me like hip hop influenced rhythms and the way Fields played with this in several sections where the trumpet and guitar dropped out or took a back seat role was wonderful to hear.
About half way through the set Scott spent some while introducing the musicians to the audience. The length of time he took might have seemed too long in other hands but Scott’s witty story telling and rapport with the audience pulled it off without problem. The band, apparently tired at the end of the tour, didn’t play an encore but they certainly left the audience wanting more.
If you click on the image above you will go to my photo website and be able to see more images taken on the night.