What a splendid rumpus. Mike Westbrook’s 22‐piece Uncommon Orchestra rolls into town like a rumbustious if faintly sinister carnival to perform a ‘jazz‐rock oratorio’ about the state of humankind in the age of the internet. ‘A vast tapestry of reeds, brass and electric guitars and double drums, not to mention fairground barkers…The cosmic meditations of Gas, Dust, Stone take the form of a sultry slow blues with howling guitars and eruptive brass, while Lovers Galore is dark and brassily funky. Shows don’t come much bigger’.
Jim Gilchrist THE SCOTSMAN **** review