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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lickety Split on The Concourse @ The Sage.

Eddie Bellis (tmb); John Hudson (ten); Alan Marshall (alt); Kevin Eland (tpt); Bill Brittan (pno); Alan Rudd (bs gtr); Roy Willis (gtr);  Paul Wight (dms).
Eddie Bellis can frequently be seen at The Sage selling icecream, cd's etc. you name it Eddie has sold it. However, tonight he was moonlighting at the same venue with his new band Lickety Split.
I'd heard good reports about the band and I'm pleased to say they weren't unfounded.
First impression was of 1950's West Coast reminiscent of the old Shorty Rogers sides.
Things moved up a gear with Four announced as a Miles tribute but Eland's solo wasn't Miles it was Fats Navarro and that is fine by me!
Marshall, on alto, had a Bud Shank/early Art sound whilst Hudson blew some nice boppy tenor.
Eland came to the fore again on Midnight Oil - a L'il Darlin' clone - that was as smooth and delicious as the title indicated.
Bellis nodded towards the season with a few Christmassy things including an inovative Silent Night, White Christmas and the final Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas which was a sumptuous arrangement that made for a nice finish.
It was a good gig although I would guess this wasn't the ideal setting. Still they are pros's and did a good job.
It wasn't the Gig of the Year by a country mile but it was still very enjoyable and I look forward to catching them again.
Lance.

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