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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lennart Andersson @ The Jazz Café Sat June 18.

I hope you don’t mind me breaking convention, but I need to review my own gig!!!, but its not about me!
We had a terrific gig on Saturday at the Jazz Café, it was at its unpredictable best. A scratch band was created due to Steve Glendinning breaking a thumb (we wish him a speedy recovery, and I for one am keeping my head down and living the quiet life until this current vogue for broken bones is passed)! Jim Crinson was on bass, Mark Robertson on drums, and myself (Alan Law)on keys, we were marshalled by the great Lindsay Hannon on vocals.
After our first tune (an interesting, rather free form version of Autumn Leaves) we were approached by a rather blunt talking gentleman saying “I have a tenor saxophone with me.” Now, I am never averse to sitters in, but over the years, there has been a large variance in what is brought to the bandstand, and by then the place was filling up with an enthusiastic crowd. I think it took him one note to persuade me that this was going to be special, as he took a solo in the next number. He then called a couple of tunes, Ornithology, Body and Soul, that we played as a quartet. He sounded like a mix of Dexter Gordon and Zoot Sims, what a player! Who is this guy? He gave me his card and said “this, is very important” “I am Lennart”.
The nights excitement grew. Claire Kelly was in and had her pad, so our new quartet swung into some re-harmonised standards, which were extremely well received, incidentally Lennart looked at the concert charts once then played elegant rolling lines with no apparent effort and complete accuracy. After Claire's set, we spotted Zoe Gilby and Andy in the crowd, Zoe also had her pad, I began to wonder whether Ruth Lambert would turn up and complete the singing showcase we were being treated to.
After a wonderful set from Zoe, which included a particularly ballsy version of Nature Boy , we had a break.
The last set kicked off at around 12.30am to a packed Jazz Café, and we were treated to the three singers all taking scat solos to a crowd pleasing funk version of Summertime.The set ended with Lindsay singing a storming version of Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby? and a touching treatment of Don't Explain. Jim and Mark swung like hell, I thouroughly enjoyed myself, “the big three” were an inspiration, topped off with a world class mystery saxophonist. Zoe and Andy left late to a chorus of “we are The Champions.” Keith Crombie said “did you enjoy that Alan?”
Oh yeah!
Alan Law.

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