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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Take It To The Bridge

It has to be said that there is never a dull moment in the upper room of the Chilli on a Wednesday night when Take It To The Bridge give their weekly recital. Whether it be the inter-round summaries between band members as they discuss the finer points of an arrangement, or the JATP type blast by the jammers on good old good ones such as "The Preacher" it is always interesting. In the latter category, Daniel Johnson was once again heard to advantage with some well constructed solos spurred on by either Ian Forbes who, incidentally raved over a version in seven by the Don Ellis Orchestra, or Eric Stutt on drums. Tenor players John Rowland and Darren Grainger also had gutsy solos with John being particularly impressive on Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays". I don't think the composer turned in his grave although he may have thought about it.
Three trumpet players this week; Dave, blowing and scatting in equal proportions, Mike Lamb and a guy whose name I didn't catch although I can safely say it wasn't "Shorty". He scored on "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
Barry Ashcroft, piano, and Jim Crinson, bass, completed the lineup. Jim, like Eric, also plays with popular function band Budvivar as does vocalist Debra Milne who was on hand to give us her version of "Fever". Nice one Debra.
Next week is, I think, an Alan Glen Trio week.

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