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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Paul Edis/Roly Veitch Quartet @ Blaydon Jazz Club

Paul Edis (pno), Roly Veitch (gtr), Neil Harland (bs), Billy Shield (dms).
Another one of those charming miniatures that Roly Veitch so expertly puts together.
Last month it was the trio with Noel Dennis & Neil Harland, This time around a quartet co-led with Paul Edis with Neil on bass and Billy Shield drums.
The room had a respectable sized crowd who listened intently to the opening "I Hear A Rhapsody". Intently was the operative word as, volumewise, Roly's amp was set on one of those low digit numbers that few guitarists know exist.
However, the dial was given a clockwise turn or two for "Dream Dancing" and at last we could hear the tasteful runs and phrases along with the well chosen chords to compliment Paul's piano.
"Jordu", "Cottontail", "Django", "Sultry Serenade" - a real gem - "Donna Lee" and "A Child is Born" were some of a well chosen selection of jazz standards along with some not unduly overdone tunes from the gasbook such as "Darn That Dream" and Jan Savitt's "It's A Wonderful World."
There were also a couple of originals from Paul - a boppy "Charlie's Line" that in places reminded me of a sailors hornpipe as played by Charlie Parker - and a more sensitive opus entitled simply "Dedicated to the Duke".
Paul was also featured on solo piano playing a cleverly interwoven medley of "Surrey with The Fringe on Top", "Blue on Green" and "'Round Midnight."
Neil Harland, as ever excelled on bass his melodic lines and steady accompaniment absolutely gelled.
On drums, Billy Shield kept it simple yet effective.
It was a good gig even though Roly didn't do any crooning - his lyrical phrasing on guitar made up for it. Photos.
Lance.
PS: Catch Roly on 29th August @ Boston Spa with Keith Stephen's Gypsy Jazz Trio.

1 comment :

Roly said...

Thanks for the nice review Lance. It's a moot point re volume level. So much music now is at high volume, it seems to me low volume can sometimes have more impact. Just got back from an unavoidable trip to Metro Centre - even high class stores now have loud music blasting out endlessly. I hate it.
(then my wife grumbles about me moaning on about it). I wonder how much all this saturation affects people's inclination to go to live music events? If it wasn't for my particular interest in music I think I'd be trying to escape from it. As I sit here the proverbial jobbing builder's radio is blasting out. Loud radio seems part of the job spec for these guys. Oh for peace and quiet.
And three cheers for Ed Bickert.
http://sardine.tripod.com/bickert.html
Roly

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