Trio Wah!, Sheffield Jazz
A PRETTY hefty and varied CV accompanies amiable former Jazz Warrior Jason Yarde but in this intimate guise his intuitive sometimes maverick sax skills dominate and fly.
Highly regarded as a composer, producer and arranger with dance companies to orchestras such as the LSO, his own band of three promotes a freedom that give his expressive and occasionally still precocious talent free rein.
At times you feel he is maybe even having to pull himself back in while here and there indulgence maybe gets the better of him – such as the elongated Wonderment.
The skill and understanding shared between percussionist Mike Pickering, double bass player Larry Bartley and a fearless Jason is such that each journey finishes safely, even where contrasting rhythm patterns are at their most fluid and shifty, to the point of chaos in lesser hands.
Unison – a track inspired by his collusion with demanding South African drummer Lewis Moholo - opened the show in sprightly style with The Road To Love showing a deeper side to a cool musician whose extensive banter displays a huge personality in the modern jazz world.
Featuring songs from an album not yet ready, this was a night for innovative and sharp styling, challenging in places but largely refreshing in approach and execution. Yarde is a rare breed.