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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Roly Veitch Trio at the Highfield Hotel

Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl), Neil Harland (bs), Graeme Wilson (ten).
The one thing I can guarantee about a Roly gig is that there will be some great, and not unduly overplayed, standards on the set list.
Feast your eyes on this Liz - and other lovers of the Gasbook -
"I Wished on the Moon", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Blame It On My Youth", "It's Always You", "Besame Mucho", *But Not For Me", "I'm Old Fashioned", "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", "My Shining Hour", "The Touch of Your Lips", "Have You Met Miss Jones?", "I'll Remember April" - this last tune was written by Don Raye and Gene di Paul (who also take the blame for "Star Eyes", "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Mr Five By Five" among others).
Most were delivered vocally by Cool Hand Roly in his laid back mode with instrumental interludes all round.
The Chet Baker-like horn of Noel Dennis was missing tonight although I have it on good authority that he hasn't been busted and nor is he languishing in an Italian prison.
Graeme Wilson, fortunately, was able to step in at relatively short notice and he played some nice melodic lines. Neil, as ever, held it all together.
Two criticisms - One major and one minor. The minor one is that I'd like to occasionally hear Roly sing the verse as well as the refrain.
The major one? Where have all the North-east jazz "fans" hibernated to?
Lance.

1 comment :

Liz said...

It was sweet of you to list those numbers for me at the Highfield,
"Blame it on my youth"..terrific, every one a winner, I do hope I may hear Roly sometime, he sounds just up my street stylewise. Does he ever gig in York?.

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