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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Take It To The Bridge at the Chilli

Tonight's Take It to The Bridge session began with Dave The Rave, trumpet/vocal, Barry Ashcroft, piano, Eric Stutt, drums, and Mick Danby, bass. No saxes, no guitars. This situation didn't last long. Paul Edis, hero of Monday night's session at the Side Cafe, arrived bearing alto saxophone to join Dave on the front line. It was a baptism of fire for Paul confronted by a tune he didn't know and a tenor sax (Bb) part to be played on alto sax (Eb). Nevertheless, Paul is nothing if not adaptable and I can honestly say that he is the best piano playing alto saxman I have heard for many a 32 bars. Paul's "My Foolish Heart" with Dave doing the vocal came over okay.
The stakes were raised for "Yardbird Suite" with Michael Lamb, trumpet, Mark ? on tenor and Daniel Johnson, guitar, augmenting the quintet.
It jumped.
Later, Ian Forbes spelled Eric on drums and that cat Felix had a blast on guitar; "All The Things You Are", no less. He done good.

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