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Monday, November 03, 2008

Graham Hardy Trio at the Side Café

Another jazz in miniature session, this time featuring Graham Hardy, mainly on flugel, Giles Strong, guitar and Mick Shoulder, who was also anchorman with Ruth this afternoon, on bass.
Giles, yet another outstanding guitarist to play at the Side, had some moments to cherish on "Body and Soul" as well a few impressive choruses of improvised counterpoint with Graham on the faster numbers. Charlie Parker's "Visa" scored heavily.
Graham manages to get a beguilingly wistful sound on flugel horn reminiscent of days gone by in LA when guys like Chet Baker and Art Farmer were helping to define 'The Cool School'. His phrasing is totally modern without any swing era hangovers or sorties into the unknown. With Mick, dependable as ever, the trio gelled.

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