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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Keith Stephens' Hot Club Trio - New CD

That veritable tome of Jazzology - Jazz Journal International - in its November issue, reviews the latest CD by Keith Stephens' Hot Club Trio.
The CD, which features John Hallam on reeds and Caroline Irwin, vocal, alongside Keith (banjo & guitar), Bruce Rollo (bass) and Roly Veitch (rhythm guitar & vocal) receives what can best be described as a moderately enthusiastic review by, I think, Derek Ansell.
Visitors to this site can make up their own minds by listening to the YouTube clip (in the sidebar) of "I Saw Stars".
Mr Ansell did, however, raise a chuckle when he questioned the advisability of a melody, not "I Saw Stars", being played throughout on a banjo!
Bill Harper might agree on that one!
Nevertheless, banjos and Derek Ansell notwithstanding, the CD (KSHCT002) is well worth a listen.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Keith just occasionally plays a 'feature' number on banjo.
A gypsy waltz or traditional tune. He is a virtuoso banjo player. You should hear his 'Tiger Rag' duo with Bruce on bass. It brings the house down.
Roly

Anonymous said...

Just listened to "I saw stars" loved it, especially Roly's easy handling of the vocal, but not so easy for many I suspect! I forwarded it to my son & Bro...as Lance knows both guitarists.

Anonymous said...

Wow Mum these guys are fantastic. Les will be blown away. I wanna go see them!
Kevin

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