06.02.18 : Earshot @ Cafe Tasso, Berlin. Click here
10.12.17 : with Jazz Orchester Neue Welt. Click here
09.12.17 : Earshot @ Donau 115, Berlin. Click here
24.09.17 : with Jazz Orchester Neue Welt. Click here
08.09.17 : Earshot @ Peppi Guggenheim, Berlin, Click here
27.07.17 : Earshot @ B Flat Jazz Club, Berlin, Click here
25.06.17 : With Neue Welt Big Band. See Website
04.06.17 : With Neue Welt Big Band. See Website
02.03.17 : Vocal Jazz Trio w/Erin Wallace at Cafe DuJardin. Click here
21.02.17 : Earshot @ Cafe Tasso, Berlin. Click here
03.12.16 : Earshot @ Donau 115, Berlin. Click here
12.11.16 : Earshot @ Peppi Guggenheim, Berlin. Click here
27.10.16 : Earshot @ Cafe Du Jardin, Berlin. Click here
24.09.16 : WINCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL feat John-Paul Gard and Matt Brown
02.09.16 : Earshot @ Fincan, Neukölln, Berlin. Click here
17.07.16 : With Neue Welt Big Band. See Website
15.07.16 : With Neue Welt Big Band. See Website
09.07.16 : Earshot @ Herzberger Lichter Festival, Berlin
30.06.16 : With Neue Welt Big Band, Brazilian Embassy, Berlin
22.04.16 : Jazz Trio with Erin Wallace @ Galatea, Neukölln
09.04.16 : Earshot @ Not only Jazz, Berlin
31.03.16 : Earshot @ T Berlin, Berlin
06.02.16 : W/Daniel Ondaro and the Shy Birds, Kallash, Moabit
21.01.16 : Arabella Sprot/Rob York Duo @ Galatea, Neukoelln, Berlin
27.12.15 : Arabella Sprot/Steve Waterman @ Southampton Modern Jazz Club
20.12.15 : Sprot/ York/Gard Trio @ The Plough, Swindon, UK
11.12.15 : Sprot/York/Berkmann @ Home Bar, Berlin
07.12.15 : Earshot @ Kunstfabrik Schlot, Berlin
Arabella Sprot Quintet, Be-Bop club, 11 oct 2013
By Jon Turney
Arabella Sprot: stage three. The band leader here began gigging around Bristol while doing a degree, returned after a year in Germany with a new quartet, and is now on the road (this was 1st night of a short tour) with another bunch of new cohorts after more study – now for a Master’s at Birmingham conservatoire.
The result is talent beginning to blossom in a way that suggests an interesting career in the making. She’s a fine contemporary tenor player, in the sense that she has command of a range of bop and post-bop styles and is forging them into something personal – and a fast-developing composer. New offerings this evening included a solo saxophone piece drawing on her study of Mark Turner, an interesting model for a young player when most seem devoted to Brecker or Shorter, and a two part suite inspired by Franz Kafka (I wouldn’t say it sounded Kafkaesque, it was altogether too brisk and bouncy, but it was good).
Plenty of ambition, then, and a nicely varied programme with other Sprot compositions, including the insistent Decoy and a nice blues to finish and a couple of standards – Portrait of Jenny and On Green Dolphin Street.
All benefitted immeasurably from the presence of Nick Malcolm, depping on trumpet and doing some heroic sight-reading, and the Don Pullenesque piano of Steve Stromans whose two-fisted solos style is grippingly intense and has fast accompanist reflexes that matched the rapid invention of the horn players.
James Banner on bass and Ric Yarborough on drums played more of a supporting role but they have a good understanding between them and several sax and drums passages showed a more hell-for-leather side of Sprot’s playing.
So an impressive evening and plenty of reasons to add them the the list of new, young bands with lots of interesting new music to offer, and look forward to their next date.