Last Saturday we headed West to Notting Hill Arts Club to attend Jazz Plus’ third event. Walking down into the low-lit underground bar, we're welcomed by the jazz-infused hip-hop of producer Laark. His launch pad work behind the decks provides a smooth welcome tone to this evening of jazz.
Jackson step up to follow his performance, made up of a 7 piece group (vocals, keys, guitar, bass, trombone, trumpet and drums). Their funk-fuelled big band performance soon reveals itself as nothing short of special, full of killer solos and noisy climaxes.
The group are headed by frontman and pianist Jack Baldus. His head-banging keys lead the way which provides a refreshingly tidy back and forth with the horn section.
What makes Jackson stand out are the little tweaks that give their sound extra shine. Vocals come from Asian Hawk, who not only showcased his exceptional voice but also added hits of vinyl scrubbing to keep things fresh. Jack Baldus contributed vocals with the addition of a talkbox, reminiscent of old school daft punk. And guitarist Joe Price provided the final piece of magic with some seriously smooth guitar licks.
The stand out track was ‘Change’ in addition to unreleased work from their forthcoming EP.
Jazz plus is an up and coming Jazz label and promoter, their fourth event is taking place at the end of the month, check it out here.