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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Welcome Back Darren. Chilli..

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Darren Grainger (alt), Steve Summers (alt/ten/ewi), Barry Ashcroft (pno), Robin Douthwaite (gtr), Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms), Ian Forbes (perc.)
There was a lot happening at the Chilli tonight but the most important event was the return of Darren Grainger after his recent medical traumas. He blew good alto.
The mood was distinctly latin thanks to Ian who pounded, shook and scraped an array of congas, timbales, maraccas, tambourines, reso resos and other items from 'south of the border'.
Steve Summers impressed on tenor, alto and electronic wind instrument; his tenor blast on Coltrane's "Cousin Mary" brought back memories of the great man himself. "Blue Bossa" was taken at Tempi di Formula Uno and everyone coped admirably.
On guitar, Robin Douthwaite is fast overcoming any hesitancy he may have had and soloed with confidence.
Tonight, this was a band near capable of going 'on the road for MCA' (Quote from a Jack Teagarden blues - Can't remember which one) .
For the finale, the latin perc. section was augmented by 'The Doc.' and another guy whose name I didn't catch but who proved to be fluent in 'congalese' - I think the tune was "Jive Samba".
These were the only sitters-in. George Laing left too soon and Mark Williams arrived too late. You can hear George on piano at the Porthole on Wednesday lunchtime and Mark at The Side Café on Monday night.
Lance.

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