Live Music Review:
Gilad Atzmon Quartet - The Spirit of Coltrane
Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
10 Dean St., London W1D 3RW
Monday 8th August 2013 8pm
Gilad Atzmon Quartet :
Gilad Atzmon - tenor & soprano sax
Frank Harrison - piano
Ernesto Simpson - drums
Tim Thornton - bass
All photographs by and © Teresa Hunt
Gilad Atzmon Quartet - The Spirit of Coltrane At The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho,
That is the inescapable conclusion you would have reached too, if you had been at The Pizza last night, Monday 5th August 2013, for contemporary legend Gilad Atzmon's tribute gig to the legend of the past John Coltrane, the Gilad Atzmon Quartet - The Spirit of Coltrane At The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, and if you had ever seen Trane himself.
It was a cool, wet evening, but The Pizza was on fire! Searing white heat permeated the place as soon as Atzmon and Co. started off with Naima. How we all got out alive from the packed out Pizza is still something of a mystery. Packed out, on a Monday night! But then, this was Gilad Atzmon, with an all-star line-up of the 'Jewel in His Crown,' genius pianist Frank Harrison, and star drummer Ernesto Simpson (playing with Atzmon for the first time but as if he'd been playing with him all his life!) and 'rising star' bassist Tim Thornton who amply proved that he is a star already.