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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Julian Siegel w. Paul Edis Trio. Highfield Hotel, East Rainton

Julian Siegel (ten/sop), Paul Edis (pno), Mick Shoulder (bs), Adam Sinclair (dms).
This was right up my alley - Allen Eager's too if he'd been alive!
A generous mixture of bop classics ("Moose the Mooche", "Sandu" and a frenetic "Hot House" - played as an encore). Ballads that avoided undue sentimentality ("My One and Only Love", "Yesterdays", We'll Be Together Again"). Freddy Hubbard's delightful waltz "Up Jumped Spring" and Charles Lloyd's Monkish "Sweet Georgia Bright" made for an evening of musical magic.
Although Julian Siegel sailed through the standard changes with ease he did it in such a contemporary manner that even "You and the Night and the Music" sounded as if it could have been written late yesterday afternoon.
Behind him, the Paul Edis Trio were, quite simply, The Paul Edis Trio which translated means as good a trio for this type of gig as you're likely to find anywhere east of Atlantic City.
For the Highfield Hotel it was a first and I'm pleased to say there was a respectable turnout. Not only was the music top class but I've been told that the Thai cuisine is also first rate.
Watch this space. Photos. More.
Lance

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Smashing gig. Very nice venue.
Well done the trio giving great backing to a top class tenor player.
Hope they do more there.
Roly

Anonymous said...

Hi Lance

I can do no more than echo your thoughts and those of Roly.A top tenor player whose musical compadres on the evening were more than up to it.Adam showed great invention,Mick,as always,did a sterling job and Paul was full of ideas (as always !).

Full marks to all concerned on putting on the gig - here's hoping it won't be the last at the Highfield Hotel.

Russell

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