West Kirby Arts Centre’s jazz club night is going from strength to strength and last Friday they hosted Merseyside-based Zingaro band for the first time in what is sure to be a regular booking. Although without a singer for this event, they excelled as a jazz four-piece with many pieces showcasing the incredible Chris Jones on both upright and guitar bass. At several points he took centre stage and delighted the audience with his inventive – and often surprising – solos. The musical chemistry between Jones and excellent drummer Paul Keelan is at the heart of the Zingaro sound as they moved effortlessly from bop, through classic 70s fusion to acid jazz and beyond. Guitarist Brian McCusker and keyboardist Kev Lovelady – whilst never loud or flashy – were inventive throughout and showed they could deliver tasty solos of their own when called upon. Early in the first set the band showed what they could do with a clever reworking of Take Five and then they really began to cook in the second set, after tearing through Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island they peaked with an extended version of Liston Smith’s Expansions. When the band had left the stage, Mono-Tone DJs played some classic jazz and funk on their vintage sound system to round off a very enjoyable evening. Plans are already afoot for a return gig: stay tuned.