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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Charles and Friends @ The Black Horse, Boldon.

Charles Gordon (kbd), Ken Hewitt (ten/alt).
After the profoundness of the Profound Sound Trio I felt in need of something to sooth the savaged breast. The Black Horse at Boldon provided just such sanctuary.
Currently Charles Gordon holds court although he only had one friend tonight in the form of Ken Hewitt and a built in rhythm section.
It's predominantly jazz funk with such as "Watermelon Man", "Light My Fire", "Give Me The Night" seemingly the staple fair although they did do a few ballads such as "Nearness of You" and "My Funny Valentine". Because of the lack of a live drummer the formula works best in the funkier groove and both guys played some good stuff - Ken with a touch of the Grover Washington's and Charles in Herbie Hancock/Ramsey Lewis mode.
Having known them both from my days working in Newcastle's premier music store it was nice to hear them in situ and I enjoyed it.
At closing time I was invited to 'have a blow' - I suspect they wanted the bar cleared - and I fumbled my way around "Ain't Misbehavin" "Canteloupe Island" and "Green Onions".
Thanks guys.
Charles and Ken jam here every Thursday and sitters in are welcome.
The only problem is remembering the name of the pub as Boldon has a Grey Horse, a Black Horse, a Black Bull and a Red Lion and it is essential to co-ordinate the animals and the colours.
The Black Horse is the one on Rectory Bank and is run by former frontman of the Punk band the Toy Dolls, Pete Zulu (or is it Zulu Pete?) He is also a highly respected chef.
Lance.
PS: I've just counted - 3 gigs in one day no wonder I'm tired!

1 comment :

Charles said...

Hi Lance, what a tremendous blog you have, and thank you for the report on the gig last night. My hero is Herbie Hancock, so I am proud to have had recogonised some elements of his style.
I am really impressed with the format of your blog and the detail and care with which you write. Keep it up old son, and come and play with us any time.
Best wishes
Charles Gordon

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