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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.


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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Many Splendored Thing - The Alan Glen Trio & Take It To The Bridge @ The Chilli.

Alan Glen (pno), John Pope (bs), David Carnegie (dms).
Dave Weisser (tpt), Doug Fielder (ten), Chris Finch (pno), Barrie Ascroft (bs.gtr), Malcolm Dick (dms).
+ Dan Reed (dms), David Carnegie (pno).
I wish the Alan Glen Trio had played Too Marvelous for Words tonight - it would have summed up their entire performance - they were, as always, just too very very etc. As it was we had...
Love is a Many Splendored Thing: taken up-tempo it got things going 'splendidly' reminding us of how much better it sounds away from the doleful dirge the balladeers favour.
My Old Flame: now that's what you call a ballad - so poignant...
Brubeck's In Your Own Sweet Way: a pre-curser to tomorrow's concert at Gateshead Old Town Hall, Liam Noble's the Brubeck Project. Great tune and great player - Alan Glen.
More Brubeckiana, this time from Dave Digs Disney - Alice in Wonderland - a swingy jazz waltz.
Its You or No One: Moved along nicely with lots of tingling melodic flurries taking in the whole keyboard.
I Can't Get Started: gorgeous harmonies as Alan explored the seemingly endless possibilities of Vernon Duke's classic.
Just in Time: The inevitable big blast finale with David Carnegie as usual soloing to great effect.
Great set with especial mention of John Pope's bass-playing - The Pope has incorporated all the essential elements of the bass players armoury including humour and a welcome degree of showmanship.
Earlier, the Take It To The Bridge crew with Malcolm Dick on drums, - Eric has left to tend to his many other gigs i.e. Budvivar, Jazz Café, grandpaternal duties etc. - Chris Finch on an unexploding piano (see Big Band Festival report from Russell!) and Barry doing bass guitar whet our appetite for the delights to come.
Dan Reed, a young drummer from Prudhoe, had a blast on Hubbard's (Freddie not Mother) Up Jumped Spring and Wayne's (Shorter not John) Lester Left Town. The boy did good - jazz waltzes (Spring) aren't the easiest numbers to kick off on but he came through head held high - likewise on Lester he dug in and played confidently.
David C sat in on piano for the inevitable Blues (in F) for Duane and sent the room into orbit - nice one David.
Out front Dave W and Doug F added their own distinctive touches to Weaver of Dreams, Masquerade, Whisper Not and others.

1 comment :

Liz said...

I love Mel Tormé singing "Whisper not"

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