Ryan Quigley Band play 60s Soul Classics at The Queen’s Hall was simply a great fun night out for anyone even slightly into that sweet soul sound.
The first half of the show heavily featured the amazing piano and keyboard playing of Emmet Cohen and drums and vocals from Bryan Carter with Ryan Quigley’s trumpet playing adding to the classic soul/jazz sound over acoustic base and tenor sax.
Classics such as “Hit the Road Jack” and the Cindy Walker classic “You Don’t Know Me” set the tone for the evening. Bryan Carter may be better known to most people as one of the best jazz drummers out there at the moment, but when he steps out from behind those drums to sing, you realise that there is also one great sweet sounding soul voice there too, and when accompanied by players like Emmet and Ryan, the sound is “classic”.
The second set gave us an expanded line up on stage of more musicians and backing singers, but upfront this time on vocals the powerhouse that is The Commitments’ lead singer, Andrew Strong, as we ran right into the classic “In The Midnight Hour”. More great music including ”Mustang Sally”, “Try A Little Tenderness” and “Land of 1,000 Dances” made sure that everyone in this packed Queen’s Hall was 100% with everyone on stage for this show.
An obvious contrast in vocal styles from Bryan Carter to Andrew Strong here between sets, but I love both sounds and at the heart of it all great music that throughout the years simply refuses to go away.
Ryan Quigley may be the trumpeter and arranger that many stars call on now when they want “that sound”, but back in the day he could so easily have fitted into any of those great horn sections that we all love to hear on our classic soul vinyl record collections.
Review by Tom King