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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Alan Glen Trio - A Night To Remember at The Chilli.

Alan Glen (pno), Lawrence Blackadder (bs), David Carnegie (dms).
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Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Dr. Nicola Weaver (alt), Jim Crinson (gtr), Barry Ashcroft (pno), Mick Danby (bs), Eric Stutt (dms). + David Carnegie (pno), Paul Gowland (alt0).
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I'm getting repetitive but, with Alan Glen it is difficult not to say anything other than 'he's never played better' - tonight was no exception. From the opening "If I Were A Bell" to the closing "Night and Day" I had to say, once again, that this was the best yet!
In between the above two classics, "The Quiet Man of Jazz" included a sensitive interpretation of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", a blues drenched "Georgia on My Mind", a boppy "Groovin' High" and a "Time After Time" that was like mulled wine in a ruby chalice - rich, warm and fulsome - rolled around the palate and imbibed with respectful satisfaction.
As ever, David and Lawrence were doing the biz both in support and solo. Lawrence had some tasty melodic lines on "Berkeley Square" whilst David kicked night into day when he unleashed a powerful solo during the final number.
David moved over to piano for the jam session and "Body and Soul" saw him play some nice chords behind Nicola and sitter-in Paul Gowland - both on alto. Surprisingly, given that just about every big hitter in town seemed to be in the audience, there were no other sitters-in.
The two altos were featured on "Like Someone In Love" along with a vocal from Dave before the final Kenny Dorham composition "Recorda Me" which also had alto blasts of mucho merita from both blowers. Two many gems to mention everyone so apologies to Mick for not commenting on his sterling basswork on "So What" or Jim Crinson's rare appearance on guitar as opposed to stand-up bass and Eric Stutt's fine drumming; Eric was totally unfazed by the presence of at least three of the north-east's finest drummers - and why should he be? - he made it four! Barry likewise, despite the room being kneedeep in pianists, had moments to cherish whilst Dave held it altogether with the wit and wisdom of the Duke of Ellington.
Oh and, seeing as I now have mentioned everyone, let's not forget Allan - doorman, timekeeper, raffler and now - music liaison officer.
Quite a night.
Lance.

1 comment :

Russell said...

Hi Lance

Following the AG3 I thought Nicola just about stole the show with her solo on Body & Soul.

Russell

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