Chris Minh Doky
is an exciting young Danish
. I saw him in London in the fine Pizza Express
Jazz Club, when he was promoting his new album Listen UP!
. He is a very funk
-influenced artist, and played a long set featuring highly virtuosic solos from all the participants in his five-peice. Particularly impressive was the drummer Louis Winsberg, whose ten minute solo
was frankly astounding, although visually I think Minh Doky's solos were just as impressive, as the sheer scale
of the instruments necessitates lots of movement to play quickly.
Minh Doky was inspired to play the electric bass by an Eberhard Weber record when he was only nine, and at fourteen he changed over to the acoustic bass. He fulfils my criterion for judging a skilled artist in that he sounds just as good live as he does on record.