This enigmatic young player totally blew the cobwebs out of the Festival Pavilion during his afternoon slot this Tuesday. Playing here with Finlay Panter on drums, John Sandham on bass and Chris Illingworth on piano, the audience were treated to easily one the best free gigs so far this week. Meadow’s style manages to equally embrace an effortless beauty, as well as delving into the darker stuff, mixing up some ear-bending time signatures with a freer style that left many aghast and exhilarated.
Meadows does not shy away from his obvious love of John Coltrane and finished his set by playing a exquisitely warped version of My Favourite things that was pumped full of adrenaline and deservedly received one of the largest applauses of the day. But this is a player with his own style and obviously isn’t afraid to be his own man. With a great stage presence and unforgettable instrumental style this is a local player to watch out for in the future.
If you want to see Phil Meadows again then you don’t have to wait that long as he is also playing with Expo3, his drum and bass/electronic/jazz outfit. They are on with headliners Cats in Paris at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge from 7.30pm this Saturday.
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