David Patrick Trio with Bobby Wellins
Bobby Wellins was a unanimously popular choice when he received a Lifetime Recognition award at the Scottish Jazz Awards last year. The Glasgow-born saxophonist has been a major figure on the UK jazz scene since the 60s, and is still going strong.
Edinburgh pianist David Patrick continues a collaboration that began at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in 2006, and has evolved through successive tours. As icing on the cake, David planned to add saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski to an already powerful quartet, but the latter’s commitments to the SNJO and Brass Jaw have meant that the he will only be able to take part in the final concert in Perth.
‘I’ve been imagining hearing Bobby and Konrad on stage together for about a year now,’ Patrick said. ‘In some ways it is the classic Young Buck meets the Elder Statesman cutting contest framework, but what sets it apart for me is that the music always comes first for both Konrad and Bobby – ego won’t get in the way. In my experience, that’s when the very best music happens.’
The pianist is looking forward to linking up with Wellins again, with Tom Bancroft (drums) and Sean Pentland (bass) completing the line-up. He acknowledged that working with the saxman had been both inspiring and educational in a quartet which has become ‘a joyful experience’.
The Lot, Edinburgh, Sat 27 Mar; City Halls (Recital Room), Glasgow, Sun 28 Mar; Perth Theatre, Mon 29 Mar.