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Protocol live review - Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review

Venue: Ronnie Scott's, London

Simon Phillips' Protocol wows the audience at one of London's best-known jazz venues.

It’s not every day you find a Rush T-shirt in the audience at London’s most esteemed jazz venue, but the appeal of Simon Phillips’ Protocol clearly crosses demographics. First tonight is the guitar-led fusion of Preston/Glasgow/Lowe, showcasing their excellent debut album. Two Minutes Hate is all angular phrasing and twisted licks that highlight the band’s dexterity. Kevin Glasgow’s extended bass solo, Within You, feels slightly indulgent for a support slot, but they recover their momentum with The Priory, featuring brisk runs from drummer Laurie Lowe.

Song To The Citadel and C/>PU let guitarist David Preston shine with his tasteful phrasing and sharp riffs. They may not play a single major chord all night, but support slots like this should help this unorthodox trio find their audience.

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