The first performance of 2018 was delivered by the Arun Ghosh Quartet with music from their recent album release “But Where Are You Really From?”. The following line-up was on stage Tuesday, 16 January, from 8 pm.
Arun Ghosh – clarinet
Moss Freed – electric guitar
Davide Mantovani – electric bass
Tansay Omar – drums
The first set opened with “Snakebite With Bacchus” from the new album and what a great opener it was too. Arun is a very physical band leader in that he moves and dances with the music and very clearly feels what he and the band are playing. Both sets made reference to his cultural background as well the area of the north-west of England where he grew up: Bolton to be precise. The playing throughout was excellent with Tansay Omar keeping a tight reign on the tempo.
Intervals at jazz clubs tend to rather dry affairs with the obligatory raffle thrown in. However, Arun Gosh loves a raffle and after spending the break talking to audience members took to the stage to show us all how good a raffle can be: and it was very entertaining!
The second set kicked off with “Punjabi Girl”, which was a great example of the indo-jazz fusion music that Arun Ghosh writes, and plays, so well. Later in the set we heard “Freedom Jazz Dance”, written by Eddie Harris, which went down very well with the audience at Southampton Jazz Club. As did the next tune: Acker Bilks “Stranger On The Shore”, which Arun played solo. The audience listened in complete silence with only the rapturous applause breaking the spell when Arun finished playing. The second set, and the evening, came to an end with Arun’s own composition “Aurora”, which proved to be a very popular last number.
This gig was a fantastic start to 2018 for Southampton Jazz Club and The Arun Ghosh Quartet have set a very high standard of entertainment, and raffle drawing, for those who will follow him to live up to.