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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Quality Night @ The Chilli - and you missed it - na na na na na!

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Harley Johnson (pno), Barrie Ascroft (bs), Eric Stutt (dms) + Solly Bashiri (dms).
In the absence of a bass player, Barrie went on to bass and Harley occupied the piano chair with Eric on drums. To my ears this was just about the perfect Chilli rhythm section. It swung like anything with Harley on top of his game and discarding his Monkish image as if to say - 'This is me!'
Barrie was as sound on bass as he is on piano and Eric held it all together perfectly.
Dave as the lone horn eased his chops with extra vocals - "What's New?", "I Didn't Know What Time it Was", "Angel Eyes", "Easy Living" as well as instrumentals such as "Blue Bossa", "Blues For Duane", "Sunflower"... It was a good night that deserved more support. Dave should have sang "Where Are You?"
There are times when the fickle fans make me, and the band, despair. They couldn't even use the excuse of a football match tonight.
Still, in years to come, when Harley is centre stage at 'Ronnie's' we'll have the satisfaction have having been 'in on the ground floor' even if tonight's gig at the Chilli was upstairs (I may have used that analogy before but what the hell?)
Next week it's the Alan Glen Trio so c'mon folks ...
Lance.

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