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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lickety Split @ Hoochie Coochie

Eddie Bellis (tmb); Kevin Eland (tpt/flg); John Hudson (ten); Alan Marshall (alt); Bill Britton (keys); Mick Danby (bs); Roy Willis (gtr); Paul Wight (dms).
A cracking gig  by a band that seems to improve with each hearing. I couldn't fault anything. Mick Danby, depping for Alan Rudd, was superb  indeed how could you not be in such a rhythm section? This was the perfect gig to put you in the mood for this weekend at The Sage. There will be some cracking bands at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival but, take it from me, after Lickety Split, they have it all to do!
The horns blow straight down the middle jazz - call it swing, call it bebop, call it what you like - I call it great. No squeaks, no grunts, no distortion, just music.
A rhythm section as sound as any you'll come across in a long day's stomp with pianist Britton (Britain?) outstanding.
I was reminded of those old Kenny Baker Let's Settle For Music broadcasts not least because of trumpet player Eland's solos and lead. This guy is like the Candoli Brothers rolled into one - Pete's range and Conte's solos. Not only that he's the most photogenic trumpet man I've come across since Harry James!
Catch this band when you can.
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Lance.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

You missed out the great Roy Willis on guitar!

Lance said...

Whoops! Sorry about that - omission rectified. Roy - a vital part of that rhythm section.

Mick Danby said...

Thanks for the thumbs up Lance!

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