As ever The Manchester Jazz Festival has succeeded in programming some great music in the Bridgewater Hall foyer this year, with a personal highlight so far being If Destroyed Still True (IDST) last Sunday. I first saw this Leeds based group at the Fuse Festival in their hometown a couple of months ago and was impressed by their original sound. Drawing from classical, folk and jazz traditions they have been able to create something quintessentially English with their quirky rhythm patterns and strangely catchy melodies. At times the music can pulse forward at quite a rate, driven by Seth Bennet who sets a fire underneath the group, but mostly the playing is measured, considered and intense in its delivery. Making music accessible as well as challenging must be one of the most difficult things to achieve in jazz but in this case IDST have certainly managed to succeed and I expect we will be hearing a lot more about them in the future.
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