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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rod Sinclair & Jim Birkett @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.

Rod Sinclair (left), Jim Birkett (gtrs).
What a delightful vignette. Every guitar player on the Planet Earth and beyond should have been crammed into The Bridge to listen and learn from these two masters of their craft. As it was, the gathering was small, albeit select. Admitedly it wasn't an evening for venturing forth weatherwise but musicwise it should have been unmissable - after all these years I still cannot fathom the jazz audience - fickle is the word that springs to mind.
However, as I've said so many times - it's their loss.
A choice selection of works from jazz masters past and present - Eddie Lang to Pat Metheny - saw Rod and Jim interpret them brilliantly.
This was the perfect partnership alternating lead and rhythm as befitted the piece with Rod's acoustic sound complementing Jim's jazzier electric sound - and vice-versa.
Just look at the set list:
Stagefright - Dick McDonough/Carl Kress.
Gentle Rain - Luis Bonfa.
Autumn Leaves - Django(ish).
Eddie's Twister - Eddie Lang/Lonnie Johnson.
Skating in Central Park - John Lewis.
Suite for Two Guitars - original.
Dedication - Albert Harris.
Nuages - Django.
Always and Forever - Pat Metheny.
Feeling My Way - McDonough/Kress.
In Your Own Sweet Way - Brubeck.
A Bireli Lagrene piece.
Uno Praisie - Luis Bonfa.
Need I say more?
Lance.

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