Richard is a Scottish jazz musician and teacher based around Aberdeen and Glasgow and is currently doing a masters in jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is part of several bands, including his own quartet with his debut album Eclipse, Hamlet (a jazz fusion band) and The Houlies (a ceilidh band).
Richard’s inventive and energised playing was inspirational to some of the younger members of the appreciative audience. This was percussion as they had never heard it before.
SOUND FESTIVAL WITH GARETH DAVIS
Possibly it was Glassby who impressed me most in this performance. He was there most of the time giving us a fantastic variety of drum sounds.
HAMLET ACT 1
The music never sounds too crowded, each element has its own moment at one point and allows the listeners to enjoy it. All of which is tied together neatly with Glassby’s drums and Campbell’s bass; always in the background and are naturally essential to the band’s personality. Each song is pulled with great finesse and is simply a joy to listen to.
Yet another impressive emergent ensemble from Glasgow’s fecund jazz scene plays material which won drummer Glassby this year’s George Duncan Prize for Jazz Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. With tenor saxophonist Simon Herberholz, bassist Ewan Hastie and award winning pianist Fergus McCreadie – all fellow or former RCS students – this is a strikingly mature-sounding quartet.