May welcomed this special return to Magy’s Farm for leader guitarist Tom Ollendorff, and bassist Conor Chaplin.
Tom and Conor visited previously in November 2021 with world-class
drummer Ari Hoenig, who shook the quaint farm to the rafters. This gig
was no different.
Guest American drummer Jason Brown, famous for his work with Cedar
Walton, Jonathan Kreisberg and Monty Alexander, with whom he played
Ronnie Scott’s the night before, fitted into the ensemble beautifully.
Brown expertly and professionally demonstrating his ability to adapt, to
blend dynamically and to creatively explore his rhythmic options and
variations- whether holding the melodic form or in the solo options that
came his way.
Chaplin was rock solid on bass- impressive, always listening, always
clear in his intent. Ollendorff has a magical sound, which reinforced
everything he did musically with complex time underpinning his lines,
sweeping melodic statements and of course, fabulous writing.
Their performance as a three-piece band captured the audience,
leaving them spellbound and begging for more with a standing ovation.
In traditional Magy's Farm fashion, the band later joined Maggie and Linley in the kitchen for a celebration of their success.