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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Redemption Jazz @ The Bridge

John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (keys); Keith Tulip (bs); Martin Wake (dms).
I enjoyed  this band  so much  at Hoochie back in January  that I looked forward  to   this  gig  with   eager   anticipation.  Was  that   anticipation fulfilled? Well, yes, maybe...
John blows great Dexter/Coltrane tenor you  cannot fail to be overawed by his blasts. Simply amazing! So why didn't I stay to the death?
I desperately  needed to  hear a ballad. I wanted John Hall to exchange his belligerence for tenderness for just one, perhaps two, numbers. Show that he had a sentimental side alongside his macho, kick the door down,  technique.  However, I  had to leave for the number 27 so maybe the romanticism  came later - possibly when   someone laid claim to the unmanned flugelhorn standing forlornly by the keyboard.
Brother  Jim produced  some keyboardian   sounds and Tulip and Wake did the business in the basement.
Apologies if this is a bit negative but I just needed more light and shade.
Lance.

1 comment :

Keith Tulip said...

Thanks for the blog and apologies for the belated response, no negativity received we appreciate your honesty and are aware that at the moment we are full-on, in-your-face bebop by design.
To be honest we all creased up with your description of John (including John) Ha Ha Ha!
Yes, you did miss his one moment of tenderness and two ballad's and three original numbers and Jimmy playing Flugel but there you go, when the number 27 beckons and it's tipping down outside we wouldn't have been out either on an evening like that, Newcastle - the monsoon capital of the North!
Slowly but surely the numbers in the set are evolving as we gig to a style that suits us. At the moment, the original compositions are taking shape quite nicely in rehearsal and we hope to air them soon at a venue near you - without the rain.
In fact I believe that one of our new tunes is dedicated to your good-self and if we can keep John on his daily dose of Tramidol it will remain a ballad!

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