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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Take it to the Bridge Explodes

The Chillingham evening began with the news that the advertised Alan Glen Trio wouldn't be appearing. However, a workmanlike, day at the office, set by Take it to the Bridge compensated more than somewhat. Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Darren Grainger (ten), Barry Ashcroft (pno), James ? (gtr), John Pope (bs) and Eric Stutt (dms) were this week's dispensers and it was an original by Barry - "Mr Rascal" - that got the plaudits although "Stella By Starlight" with Claude Werner on bass wasn't bad either.
After the intermission, the mercury shot up with a vengeance due to an infusion of adrenalin from Claude Werner, now on tenor, Nicola on bari and David Carnegie on drums and then piano.
"Yardbird Suite" saw Claude kick off the solos with approximately ten million choruses each one wilder than the one before. The Cheerful Chilean doesn't take any prisoners and tonight he was well and truly 'on song'. After such a tour de force there was an understandable reluctance to pick up the gauntlet! However, young James on guitar responded with a few inspired choruses of his own without straying beyond the bounds of sanity and Nicola played some beefy baritone sax. Darren, Barry, John Pope and Dave W also kicked in.
"Beautiful Love" had David C on piano and more musical histrionics from Claude - he is something else!
Next week it's Laurie Brown on vibes.

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