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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lickety Split & Take it to the Bridge @ The Chilli. December 14th

Lickety Split: Eddie Bellis (trombone), John Hudson (tenor saxophone), Alan Marshall (alto saxophone), Kevin Eland (trumpet), Bill Brittan (keyboards), Alan Rudd (electric bass), Roy Wills (guitar) & Paul Wight (drums) 
Eddie Bellis' Lickety Split made a return visit to the Chillingham following a most successful debut performance in October. Blues Walkopened the set with trumpeter Kevin Eland setting the bar at near unscalable heights. Jim Martin's Don't Take the B Train and a Ray Chester arrangement of Alan Hare's Lift Off (the latter featuring bandleader Eddie Bellis on trombone and John Hudson on tenor) maintained the high standard. Miles Davis' So What introduced altoist Alan Marshall as bassist Alan Rudd did the business with the now familiar hypnotic bass line. Marshall featured on Four, as did the veteran Bill Brittain (piano). Solos were plentiful on Monk's Well You Needn't and an encore was demanded (and won) by an appreciative audience. Zoot' Sims' Red Door closed the door on another polished set by Lickety Split.
 Take it to the Bridge: Dave Weisser (trumpet, flugehorn & vocals), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Dougie Fielder (tenor saxophone), Paul Wight (drums) + first set Alan Rudd (electric bass) 
 Dave Weisser's Merry Men (seasonal reference) played two short sets either side of Lickety Split; Wayne Shorter's Lester Left Townfeatured regular tenor man Dougie Fielder, Duke Pearson's Chant wrought solos from Fielder, Weisser (flugel and vocals). Gerry Mulligan'sFive Brothers put the spotlight on Ascroft and an all too brief highlight came from a seemingly unlikely source - a vocal duet between Weisser and drummer Paul Wight on It Had to Be You. Extra rations to Wight - he played all three sets without a break. He is a great fit in Bellis' band and there is another chance to hear them next Wednesday (December 21st) at the Sage, Gateshead (6:00 pm on the concourse - admission free). Take it to the Bridge's Christmas party follows at the Chillingham (8:30 pm, £1.00 admission) and you never know who will show. Yo Ho Ho!
 Russell 

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