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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Splinter - Corner House, Heaton.

Noel Dennis, Graham Hardy (tpt/flg), Chris Hibbard (tmb), Graeme Wilson (ten/sop), Paul Edis (pno), Mark Williams (gtr), Ken Marley (bs), Adrian Tilbrook (dms), John Warren (composer/arranger.)
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What is there to say that hasn't already been said about this octet that thinks it's an orchestra?
Well firstly, it is an orchestra. Thanks to the arranging skills of John Warren (pictured with Adrian Tilbrook) and, on a number dedicated to Bill Evans, Paul Edis, the 8 men all punch above their weight to create a sound that belies their number. Secondly, it seems that every time I hear the soloists they have grown in musical stature making each piece a journey of adventure. The listener doesn't know where that journey will end only that whatever awkward fingering patterns, harmonic directions or sudden changes of tempo they encounter, the musicians will overcome and emerge triumphant.
I'm not going to single any one player out - they all performed brilliantly.
On Sunday, most of the musicians become part of the VOTNJO at the Sunderland Big Band Festival. For this gig, trumpet player Steve Waterman is featured in Issie Barratt's amazing "Effency" as well as more of John Warren's work. Look forward to an evening and a half - miss it and suffer the pangs of eternal regret!
Lance
PS: Although I said I wasn't going to single anyone out I must, nevertheless, compliment bass player Ken Marley who, stepping in at relatively short notice, did a superb job.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Hi Lance

In full agreement in complimenting Ken Marley.

Great arrangements.The '' free ''
sounding tune called '' Krack '' worked well and the finale '' Lopsided '' is a good one.

Russell

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