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Thursday, February 24, 2011

If You Gotta Get a Dep Get the Best

Olive Rudd (vcl); Ray Harley (tpt); Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca); Jim McBriarty (clt/sop/vcl); George Richardson (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Mike Humble (dms).
One thing about regular gigs is that you go there expecting the expected and, sometimes, you get the unexpected!
For the last couple of weeks trumpet ace Ray Harley has been awol. Today, however, Ray was back and blowing with an 'Armageddon's coming let me get there first' intensity. Malcolm wasn't at the keys this week but George Richardson was!
George is a superb player who buried himself for years in the Gosforth Park Hotel and it was a delight to hear him with the Maine Street boys.
To draw a comparision, it was akin to when Joe Bushkin replaced George Zack with the Spanier Ragtimers. Both great players just totally different styles.
Olive sang Blue Skies, Keeping Out of Mischief Now, Some of These Days.
The band impressed on Clarinet Marmalade, Jim sang Nobody's Sweetheart and Herbie sang everything else including Blueberry Hill which segued into Bucket's Got a Hole in it. This may or may not have been an indirect reference to events on the northside where the Bell and Bucket pub have begun a Thursday afternoon affair with the Brothers Rae+2.
The rhythm section at Rosie's were lighter than usual and there was a comfortable cool feel behind the dixie frontline.
It was a good session and George I think is back next week.
Lance.

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