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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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Today Monday May 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Alter Ego Knockout at Side Café

Even though guitarist Andy Pattinson was absent and Ian Paterson was subbed by Andy Champion this was a cracking night. Although everyone soloed at length, they didn't all solo on every number which was like a breath of fresh air. Nor did every number end with that often meaningless exercise known as 'fours'. Instead we had tight arrangements, albeit with occasional bursts of contrapuntal freedom, and imaginative solos.
Dave Hignett, mellow on flugel, reached for the stratosphere on trumpet whilst Niall Armstrong played good post bop tenor as well as a couple of flute features. Keith Robinson on alto comfortably covered the ground from Charlie Parker to Ornette and Andy Hawking proved a good advert for Roland pianos - he swung.
Plenty swinging from Dave Francis on drums. Andy Champion, on bass guitar this time round, slotted in effortlessly both in the section and solowise.
I can't remember all the tunes but I particularly dug, "Compulsion" by Miles and Hank Mobley's "Roll Call" as well as the quaintly titled "Episode From A Village Dance".
Come back soon.

4 comments :

David Francis said...

Many thanks for your kind words!

I've been following the blog for a while and meant to say "hi" tonight but didn't quite get the chance. I'll email the guys a link to your blog so they can witness your complimentary review first hand :)

Thanks again,

David

Lance said...

Hi David - good to know there are people out there. Cheers Lance

David Francis said...

I've quoted your review on www.myspace.com/alteregoseptet
and provided a link to your blog.
I Hope this is okay - if not I'll take it down.

Thanks again for your support,

David

Lance said...

No problem David.
Cheers
Lance

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