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Adams at home with his range; REVIEWS.

Byline: JAMES ANDREW

Jazz Festival: Bruce Adams and the John Patrick Trio THE BRASSHOUSE

IF THERE'S one jazzman guaranteed to liven up a midweek lunchtime at the pub, it's the expansive and explosive trumpeter Bruce Adams, many times British Jazz Award winner.

Entering the business at the age of 12 with appearances on Opportunity Knocks, sponsored by Nat Gonella, Bruce is the latest in the line of great British trumpeters, including Nat, Tommy McQuater and Kenny Baker.

In the company of John Patrick, Zoltan Dekany and John Gibson, Bruce paid homage to several trumpet greats: The Man I Love in tribute to Charlie Shavers and Tex Beneke's A Girl in Calico done a la Clark Terry. Bruce is the complete player with a repertoire of great songs played with joyous enthusiasm, a prodigious technique and apparently unlimited range.

VERDICT: HHHHI JAMES ANDREW

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