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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Redemption Jazz/Take it to the Bridge - Wednesday June 27

Redemption: John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (keys); Keith Tulip (bs); Martin Wake (dms). 
Take It To The Bridge: Dave Weisser (flug/vcl); Paul Gowland (ten); Ray Truskett (bs); Barrie Ascroft (keys); Norman Redhead (dms).
(Review by Lance).
After I reviewed a previous gig by Redemption I remarked that a ballad wouldn't have gone amiss 'midst the Wham Bang Thank You Mam approach. Lo and behold, this time around they obliged with what John Hall described as "Nearly a ballad" - Free Lance!
Yes, alongside Basie's Panassie Stomp (dedicated to Hughes Panassie) and MJQ's Delauney's Dilemma we now have Free Lance - I'm humbled to be in such exalted company. 
Almost a ballad is a good description as, had he been alive, I couldn't quite see Johnny Mercer penning a lyric to it.
Nevertheless, I'm delighted to have been given this "Honour" and hope it's included on a future CD.
The rest of the set  was hard driving, modern bebop plus - these guys play like tomorrow was yesterday.with John Hall's prodigious tenor in F1 mode and not taking any pit stops.. It almost left me breathless which is a cue to bring in Paul Gowland who did indeed play You Leave Me Breathless. This was superb ballad playing with just a touch of contemporary angst to stir things up. Paul's approach is lighter than John's which made for good contrast.
Interestingly, both bass guitarists favoured a six string bass with Tulip's having a neck slightly longer than a giraffe's.
Dave played some nice flugel - cool and mellow whilst Norman whose normal role is that of doorkeeper played drums keeping time adequately which kept things swinging.
It was a good evening with the 62 bus (14 and 44 minutes past) linking up nicely with the number 27 at Monument.)
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Lance.

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