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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

"Quiet Nights" at the Chilli.

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Barry Ashcroft (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms). Plus; Mark Williams (gtr), Darren Grainger (alt).
Last weeks momentous session was always going to be a tough act to follow but, nevertheless, despite a minimal audience - perhaps they've taken an early Easter vacation - there were moments to treasure. Dave, with just piano, bass and drums, got things moving on a, by Dave's standards, relatively straight vocal on "Falling In Love With Love" as well as one of his trademark tightly muted trumpet solo's. My personal preference is for Dave blowing in the quartet format - a bit like early Miles.
Things began to jump a little in the second set with the arrival of Darren and Mark both of whom scored bonus points on "Bluesette" that most endearing of jazz waltzes. The small audience made for an intimate atmosphere with much repartee passed between musician and listener.
"Masquerade" bore little resemblance to the famous version by The Carpenters. A vocal from Dave, some blistering alto from Darren as well as solid bass from Jim and a few from Barry, set the scene for Mark to unleash the mother of all invention as he soared into orbit.
Not such a bad night after all!
Lance.

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