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Monday, September 01, 2008

Paul Edis Sextet at The Side Café

First day of the new term. Admission may have gone up a pound but with a cash point opposite it's no excuse for missing out on an appetising opening session by the Paul Edis Sextet (see previous post for personnel). As well as some innovative takes on standards, there were original compositions by Paul and Graeme. All were well received by an appreciative, near capacity, audience.. Clifford Brown's "Joyspring" with Noel Dennis on Flugel had a warm sound and Graeme Wilson's chart of "Autumn In New York", whilst it may not have been quite what Vernon Duke intended, sounded PDG. Chris Hibbard, on trombone, did the business on "Carnival". Trombone can be the most luscious sounding of instruments when played ballad style. Mick, Adam and Paul were of course as cool a rhythm section as ever as well as soloing to advantage. Paul, in particular, was on form. At times the ideas just seemed to explode into a kaleidoscope of sound. If there was a low point and it is a very big 'if' then it has to be "Caravan". The Juan Tizol tune is one of my blind spots and tonight didn't change things. Nevertheless, Adam Sinclair did have some imaginative breaks that eased the pain a little. A corker. Next week Mark Williams Trio.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

I agree that the gig was excellent.I thought Noel Dennis excelled.How come you don't like Caravan?I bet Chris Hibbard played in a brass band.He has a nice measured approach,not least on Caravan(!)

Lance said...

I love "Caravan" or rather I did the first million times I heard it. After that, well you know what familiarity breeds...
Some tunes I can listen to ad infinitum and still love them. Others, such as "Caravan", "Summertime", "Over The Rainbow" and "Mood Indigo" irritate me purely because they've been done to death.
It's a personal thing and I'm quite sure other people feel the same about some of my favourites such as "Way You Look Tonight", "Body and Soul" among others.
And yes Chris H did solo well on "Caravan" - despite the tune!

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