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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Preview - Lewis Watson Quartet @ The Cherry Tree

I was meaning to leave a comment on Lewis Watson's last gig at the Cherry Tree but didn't get round to it. However, as I see he's appearing there again tomorrow night it's another great opportunity to hear a terrific player who is not gigging nearly enough.
Lance has described the last gig in detail but I must say I wondered how Lewis's robust and constantly inventive style would go down with an audience accustomed to the more standard (but very excellent) music usually provided by the GAS men and women at the CT. I needn't have worried. By the end of the evening couples were happily dancing what I would have called a slow smooch as Lewis was digging seriously low notes from beneath the floorboards of the restaurant in 'Body & Soul'.
They continued through the gloriously melodic 'Softly as in..' and were delightfully unperturbed as he segued into Bird's 'Now's the Time' (by special request). I did wonder if the dancers knew that the riff for this tune was turned into a raunchy rock and roll number about a dance called the 'Hucklebuck'. The chorus which explains how to do the dance ends:'Wriggle like a stick, wobble like a duck, That's what you do when you do the Hucklebuck'.
JC.

1 comment :

Lance said...

JC! I want to see you and your good lady doing the above actions even though it may mean the vice squad closing the place down!

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