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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Chilly at the Chilli - No Heat in Heaton!

The music was cool and the temperature even cooler owing to a reputed malfunction of the central heating system. Hopefully this will be rectified soon as tonight saw the biggest audience in quite a while and it would be unfortunate if frostbite were to prevent them returning.
It was the usual suspects plus Laurie Brown on vibes. In the line-up was John Rowland (ten), Darren Grainger (alt), Dave Weisser (tpt), Barry Ashcroft (pno), Mick Danby (bs), James (gtr) and Eric Stutt (dms). Later, John Pope (bs), David Carnegie (dms) and an excellent guitarist called Stewart (see photo) spelled the rhythm section.
Lawrie played some fine vibes on "Moonglow" but, as last week, the highlight of the first set was a Barry Ashcroft original - a blues this time, the name of which I didn't catch.
After the break and the inevitable shuffling of the dots to accommodate the sitters-in, "Jive Samba" got things moving but it was the penultimate number that hit the home run - Shorty Rogers' "Short Stop" with a scorching solo from Darren which, considering his recent setback is no mean achievement.
Note for Laurie and John R re "Rosetta" Click here or for the relationship between "Yardbird suite" and "Rosetta" click here.

4 comments :

laurie brown said...

thanks for the gen on Rosetta Lance
still have'nt found my recording of it.

Anonymous said...

I hadn't realised that Rosetta and Yardbird Suite used the same chords yet when you and John asked me how the middle of Rosetta went I automatically sang the bridge to Yardbird Suite!

Anonymous said...

The first 4 measures of the bridge of Rosetta are similar and I've heard it said before that is where the Parker YBSuite harmonies came from but I'm not sure. The second 4of the bridge is a bit different. I came across the old song 'I saw Stars' from a Rebecca Kilgore CD also from Keith Stephen (Django recorded it) and discovered it's bridge is identical to YBSuite so I wondered if that's where Bird maybe got the bridge harmonies from?
Roly

Anonymous said...

It could be although I would guess that Bird was probably more familiar with "Rosetta" than "I Saw Stars" and the rest of Rosetta does, loosely speaking, provide the basis for Yardbird.

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