Mick Hutton is one of my all time favourite bass players, with an exceptional sense of tone, time, and intonation. We recently played a tour together playing the hardest repertoire we could think of, the music of Bill Evans. Mick says he’ll never recover.
In the car between gigs, we listened to Errol Garner, the Yellow Jackets, jazz steel pan innovator Andy Narell, and The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. A good deal of time was also spent playing name that century, country, composer, on Radio 3: my miraculous identification of Sibelius’ 7th being one of the highlights.
Tonight he’s playing with Mark Cherrie (steel pan), Dominic Grant (guitar) and Derek Gayle (drums). The chamber like quality of this band, can only be superseded by the ebullience, imagination and deftness of touch throughout the ensemble. It is for this reason that I consider this quartet to be exceptional steel pan jazz.