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Monday, February 21, 2011

Paul Edis Sextet @ The Bridge. Sunday 20th February

Paul Edis (keyboards), Mick Shoulder (double bass), Adam Sinclair (drums), Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn) & Chris Hibbard (trombone). The opening bars of Put a Lid On It were pure TS Monk.
This was going to be one of those nights.
Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise (arr.M.Shoulder) featured mature solos from Graeme Wilson and bassist (and arranger) Mick Shoulder. Folk Tune and Sharp 9/8 highlighted the front line's beautiful harmonic interplay (of brass band standard and that's a compliment). A Paul Edis composition - Administrate This - had a shuffle quality similar to R.Veitch's Job Shufflebottom with trumpeter Graham Hardy blowing the roof off leaving 'bone man Chris Hibbard to repair the damage.
Band leader Edis took the honours on Dorian Gray and was that possibly a fleeting reference in the coda to A Love Supreme? A favourite composer of Edis is Donald Brown so Being With You was given an outing as was Bud Powell's Un Poco Loco (arr.G.Wilson). An ambitious suite, nominally titled Three Piece Suite, from the pen of Edis, was given its premiere at Splinter @ The Bridge last year. A year on and we heard part three of the work now known as Elegy. Edis said it has an elegiac quality. Quite so, with excellent flugel from Hardy.
The last number of the night was another Edis tune - Blues For Dad - full of bop phrases, solos from Edis, Wilson, a round of fours with the highly inventive Adam Sinclair and Hardy on trumpet seeing it home. Cue vociferous applause Encore won, we got Graham Wilson's Up Late. This was a great jazz gig; great writing, great playing, great band.

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