16 June 2018 - John Bell Trio @ Downbeat

16 June 2018 - John Bell Trio @ Downbeat
326 Hibiscus Coast Highway

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Media quotes:
“Taking off from a rare precinct (the trio music of Bobby Hutcherson and Walt Dickerson) John Bell’s vibes find absorbing new trails on that most unexplored of jazz instruments.” - (The Wire magazine, UK)

“The amalgam which strikes me as most specific to New Zealands location in the South Pacific is John Bell’s work with the Dominion Centenary Brass Band and the Spoilers of Utopia. These projects offer a kind of jazzy music that draws respectively on brass band traditions - which have a very rich history in NZ- and Pacific Islands hymnody. Both groups perform with the kind of ragged exuberance I associate with some of the freer music of the 1960s, and their musical combinations are unique, joyful and often funny.” (from Norman Meehan’s ‘New Zealand Jazz Life’ VUW press 2017)

"John Bell is an extraordinary vibes player who can swing like ‘Hamp’ then merge that groove seamlessly into an irregular pulse. The one thing that stands out however is his musical courage. John shows an integrity that few vibists do.

While a lovely ringing vibrato is what we most often associate with the vibes (early Gary Burton or Bags), the instrument is capable of more besides. He is recapturing the history of the vibraphone while showing us a possible future path." - John Fenton (Jazz local 32)