"ROGER Beaujolais would frighten any jazz vibes virtuoso, either side of the Atlantic."
Those words, spoken by jazz immortal Gary Burton, set the seal on the career of the star set for Cheltenham's Victory Club tomorrow night.
Mind you, Roger did struggle a while for critical acclaim, but the vibes man achieved it in spades with the 1980s band The Chevalier Bros.
"We changed people's perceptions. We made it possible to have fun and listen to jazz," he said.
These days Roger's commitment to entertainment remains undimmed. When those eight mallets start flying, feet start tapping, and when he gets into a moody ballad, all that chiming mysticism does eerie things to the heartstrings.
Tomorrow, three of London's best complete the quartet: pianist Robin Aspland; bassist Simon Thorpe and drummer Winston Clifford.
If you're a jazzer you'll smile in anticipation. If you're just up for any form of enjoyable music, that smile should reach you by the second tune.
Tickets cost £11. Derek Briggs