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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Barry's Birthday Bash - Chilli Arms

Tonight it rained so hard I almost stayed home but, being that time of the month; by which I mean the week when the Alan Glen Trio play the Chilli, I braved the elements and guess what? Alan Glen didn't! He'd damaged his wrist and had to cancel.
Nevertheless, despite this setback an entertaining evening ensued with lots of bop opera performed. I should explain here that I'm using opera in its context as the plural of opus and not because we had the 'pleasure' of Dave scatting on an aria from 'Faust'.
Barry Ashcroft, back on piano this week, was celebrating his birthday although Dave seemed more excited about the event than did Barry himself - I know how he feels about birthdays...
Mark Williams on guitar excelled, as did Daniel who sat in for a couple, whilst saxes John (not last week's John) and Darren also soloed well. In fact most of the guys blew good on most of the numbers. The big weakness here is inevitably the beginnings and the endings which lack the cohesiveness the solos in the sandwich deserve.
Still, a minor point given the casual laid back atmosphere of the gig.
Happy Birthday Barry.

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