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Gene Ramey: "McShann stomped off at a fast tempo. This wasn't one of those slow-trains-through-Arkansas tempos, this was like that train between Chicago and Milwaukee. I mean fast." - (Stanley Crouch: Kansas City Lightning - The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Pub. Harper Collins 2013).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Tuesday October 23

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Graham Hardy and the Paul Edis Trio @ The Cherry Tree, Monday Sept. 23

Graham Hardy trumpet and flugelhorn, Paul Edis piano, Paul Susans bass and Rob Walker drums.
(Review by Jerry).
A brief review as I am out of practice!
A disappointing, but not disappointed audience at The Cherry Tree this evening enjoyed fine food, a first set which was excellent, and a second set which was amazing!
I flunked the “Name That Tune” test completely in the first set (jazznoramus!), but found at the interval that I had been enjoying: Long Ago and Far Away, Nica’s Dream, Like Someone in Love, Meditation and Body and Soul. Apologies for merely listing these, but I AM out of practice and was preoccupied with the delightful business of eating (not drinking, I was driver)!
I had noted with alarm the disappearance of the Monday night Table d’hote menu but need not have feared: we dined regally on the new “formule” which is the Á la Carte menu less 20%. Our bill for starters, mains and a bottle of white wine was broadly similar to the last time we dined here, almost a year ago. And the food was fabulous! Recent trips enable me to make comparisons: my crispy duck salad starter blew the socks (spice-wise) off anything I ate in Gerrard Street in London at the weekend while the coley fillet (with chorizo and crispy belly-pork) was as nice a piece of fish as any I found during our summer in France! Chapeau (hats off) to the chef!
I scored several points for tune recognition in the second set which kicked off with Joyspring followed by Boplicity, for which I scribbled “Good groove” in my notepad (not sure what that means, but it felt good). Next up was big applause for It Ain't Necessarily So – an arrangement I’d never heard before which I found later was by Gil Evans. My scribbled note here (“INTERESTING”) really didn’t do it justice!
Graham Hardy’s technique with the “plunger” on Black and Tan Fantasy had the womenfolk weak at the knees, apparently, before we were drummed into Four by Rob Walker then a belting and irresistible invitation to Sing, Sing, Sing! High octane stuff! Order was briefly restored with God Bless the Child before a marching finale of Cherokee and much more applause (the audience was small but vociferous), Wonderful!
It’s my birthday on Wednesday: I think I’ve had my best present already!
Jerry.

1 comment :

JC said...

Just to add to Jerry's review, this was one of those nights when the Cherrytree really does get a jazz club feel (with, of course, fantastic food). As one of my companions said during 'Like Someone in Love' it could have been a basement club in New York. Later Graham Hardy and the band got a cool, West Coast sound and when he picked up his mute, it could have been the Cotton Club. What could be better - four fine musicians playing great jazz with the minimum of chat and gourmet eating at the same time. Terrific.
JC

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