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Friday, December 14, 2012

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie Thursday December 13.

Michael Lamb, Pete Tanton, Tom Hill, Gordon Marshall (tpts); Alex Leathard, Mark Ferris, Robert 'Pez' Perez, Mr. John Flood (tmbs); Jamie Toms, Nadiah Killick(alt), Paul Gowland, Alan Marshall (ten), Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Chris Finch (pno); (bs); Pawel  Jedrzejewski (gtr); Guy Swinton (dms); Steph Adams, James Hedley (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
I'm pleased to say that they are still smokin' - breathing fire down their horns - and tonight, despite the Christmas theme, this was an evening that swung from the word go.

I missed the opening number but arrived just as Steph gave out with a spirited Wonderwall. A-Tisket-a-Tasket sung a la the youthful Ella followed. In between, the band played an impressive arrangement of Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea featuring Alex Leathard on trombone. 
More Steph with Time After Time then a real blockbuster of an arrangement of Body and Soul. This featured Paul Gowland on tenor. A slow, rhapsodic, chorus then POW! It became an up-tempo assault with Paul in full flight leading the charge and the brass playing Kenton/Herman type figures behind him before returning to the original tempo. This was quite an experience!
James Hedley arrived to sing Ain't That a Kick in the Head before teaming up with Steph for Baby It's Cold Outside. The blonde bombshell stayed on stage for a soulful Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The set finished with the dynamic duo Walking My Baby Back Home.
The London Pride replenished, It was time to Keep On Keepin' On and tenor solos from Alan Marshall and Gowland did just that. One Note At a Time and a nice piano solo from Chris Finch indicated his damaged hand had healed. More Marshall tenor and great trumpet from Tanton.
The singers did Things and James sang Our Love is Here to Stay. This had some Sweets Edison style trumpet from Leader Lamb.
There was more, much more, Jamie Toms alto, Pete Tanton's flugel, the unpronounceable guitarist and, most importantly, the precision of the section work which was tight yet with the looseness that is so essential to making a band swing. Down in The Galley they were really cooking but these were no turkeys but geese that goosed the band to greater heights.
Catch them again at Cluny 2 on December 22.
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Lance.

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