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Friday, May 25, 2012

Jazz Bar Quartet @ Jazz Bar, Edinburgh. Thursday May 24.

Colin Steele (tpt); Brian Kellock (pno); Ed Kelly (bs); Bill Kyle (dms).
This quartet of stalwarts was put together at the last minute ye,t from bar one, it sounded as if they had been playing together for years!
Colin Steele, last heard in the role of Chet Baker in the play A Funny Valentine, has absorbed much of the tragic American's style. Steele knows his barriers and doesn't attempt to vault them instead works well within them. So many lyrical phrases - and with a tone to die for - made his playing a delight to listen to. On piano, Brian Kellock is right up there with them - there may be better pianists but, off hand, I can't think of any. On bass and drums, Kelly and Kyle kicked  things along swinging like crazy when insanity was called for - Sonnymoon For Two - soothing and tender when gentle cajoling was required such as on the beautiful Blame it on my Youth.
Other moments to treasure were When Lights Are Low, Tangerine, Black Orpheus and But Not For Me which endeth the first lesson.
I'd like to have hung around for the second set but the number 31 bus beckoned.
Nice to meet Kieren Alexander - an Australian - who has sent me some excellent photos of the gig - one of  which is on this page with another three to add - thank you Kieren.
Photos by Kieren (first 4).
Lance.

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