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Live at the ChickenShed - Julian Marc Stringle and The Dream Band

Firstly, a spoiler alert! Although reviewed as a single-reed jazz CD, this is not a pure jazz confection. It is, however, a superb example of jazz influenced musicianship of the first order.

The group title “The Dream Band” implies a great deal and which, in fact, it delivers: clarinet playing of Goodman/DeFranco standard, guitar and drumming fluency of Joe Pass/Buddy Rich, outstanding keyboard activity and an overall tendency to swing like mad. In any case this band has been filling the ChickenShed for years with similar programmes which embrace popular rhythms and numbers along with jazz 'standards'.