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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Swing Swing Swing! The Benny Goodman Sextet Revisited - Sage, Gateshead.

Matthias Seuffort (clt); Enrico Tomasso (tpt); Keith Nichols (pno); Raymond Graisier (vbs); Martin Wheatley (gtr); Henry Lemaire (bs); Richard Pite (dms).
Of all the Goodman small groups I think the sextet was perhaps the most satisfying and tonight's ensemble did their best to rubber stamp that opinion - even though most of the time they were seven!
Seuffort is an excellent clarinettist with a BG-like fluency although I must confess I felt he didn't quite capture the Goodman tone. Likewise Wheatley played superbly but not quite Charlie Christian. No doubting vibes player Graisier - he has Hamp down to a tee on both vibes and one finger piano. Tomasso had limited solo work but when chance came his way he soared - A Smoooth One being a  fine example.
Keith Nichols kept out of the limelight apart from some pithy solos here and there. Even though Krupa wasn't a member of Benny's sextet (Nick Fatool/Dave Tough) Pite played as if he was with a solo on Sing Sing Sing that had sticks being expertly (ish) juggled. Great solo.
It was a good gig with this being the third consecutive neo-full house at The Sage that I've attended - they must be doing something right!
Lance.

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