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Monday, October 11, 2010

Lewis Watson Quartet @ The Cherry Tree

Lewis Watson (ten), Mark Williams (gtr), Neil Harland (bs), Rob Walker (dms).
Lew didn't take any prisoners tonight! Dindi, the opening Bossa might have begun as Dinner Jazz but it wasn't long before Lew was firing on all cylinders rolling out chorus after chorus - I lost count!
I'd almost forgotten just how brill a player he is - and this was just the starter!
Talking Starters... the Braised Squid with Beans and Slow Roast Cherry Tomatoes wasn't bad either - in fact it was as tasty as a Mark Williams' guitar solo which is very tasty indeed!
Days of Wine and Roses seemed somehow appropriate even though my favoured tipple was a bottle of Black Sheep.
Coltrane's Bessie's Blues was also apt as Lewis was in Coltrane mode tonight.
And then, after Bessie, came Nancy - her of the laughing face. If I never hear a better balllad performance than this I won't complain. Likewise my Bavette Steak with Frites, Peppercorn Butter and Garden Leaves - mmmm! Monsieur Le Chef - chapeaux!
The set finished with Out of Nowhere which had an intricate counterpoint chorus between Lewis and Mark as well as solid basswork from Neil who seems to pluck the right notes from, literally, Out of Nowhere.
Rob Walker also kicked in with a solo that helped my Plum Tart with Honey Mascarponi and Caramel Sauce slide comfortably into my abdomen.
Interval chat with Lewis, Bebop contributer JC and a surprize passerby - John Hedley.
More Blue Note Hard Bop in the second set - I Hear A Rhapsody, Come Rain or Come Shine, Stella By Starlight (both Mark and Lew really went for it on this one!), a danceable Body and Soul, Miles' Solar (I think) and a final Softly as in a Morning Sunrise.
Another good one at the CT.

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