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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Live at the Side

Those of us who enjoyed the May 5th session by the Paul Edis Trio and Athenian tenorman Vasilis Xenopolous will be delighted to know that the session has been preserved for posterity on a CD available from Paul Edis's MySpace site.
It's a well recorded disc that captures perfectly what was for many the best night of the season, which makes it of a very high standard indeed. From the opening "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" to the closing "I Can't Get Started" which segués into "Autumn Leaves" this was pure class. The Greek tenor player swings like Rollins (Sonny) on "St.Thomas" and rhapsodises like Coleman (Hawkins) on "Body and Soul". Paul Edis, piano; Mick Shoulder, bass; and Adam Sinclair, drums; who also produced the album, provide the foundation for Xeno's flights of fancy.
A couple of minor crits; it is "Surrey with THE fringe on top" not "A fringe on top" and packaging it in a slimline case spoils the presentation. I'd also have liked a bit background info about the players. However, it's the music that counts and, on that score, well worth the ten bar asking price.


Anonymous said...

"With eisenglass curtains you can roll right down, in case there's a change in the weather"
Lance I have often wondered if that"weather"was meant to have a double meaning by the lyricist, in other words "whether"do you get my drift?

Lance said...

I doubt it. If it had been by Rodgers and Hart I would have said, quite possibly, but not Rodgers and Hammerstein. Oscar Hammerstein didn't have the same clever turns of phrase that Larry Hart had.