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Monday, December 10, 2012

This is What I Do - Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ The Sage.

Gerry Richardson (Hammond/vocal); Rod Sinclair (gtr); Garry Linsley (alto); Stuart Johnson (tenor/soprano); Sue Ferris (baritone/ tenor. flute); Dave Hignett, Mark Webb (trumpets); David Gray (trombone); Neil Harland (bass); Paul Smith (drums); Liz Corney, Lindsay Hannon (backing vocals) 
This could have been called Gerry Richardson's Even Bigger Idea featuring as it did backing vocalists and an extra trumpet. 
So Many Reasons kicked off the album launch. it also closed the show when an encore was demanded. In between, Gerry, sans bass pedals, made the Hammond roar and  sang/played the tracks from the new CD which constituted the excellent opening set. This included, among others, Ska Odyssey featuring new kid on the block David Gray in an extended big brassy toned trombone solo, Gil Scott-Heron's Lady Day and John Coltrane with Rod Sinclair to the fore and Sue Ferris was impressive throughout - particularly on a flute piece titled Song of Ferris (or something similar). Sue also blew some gutsy baritone. Garry Linsley was his usual cool self on alto and Neal Harland a suitable replacement for Gerry's feet. Liz and Lindsay added an extra dimension although a touch more volume would have been welcome.
Interval time and the bar area soon filled and friends old and new passed judgement.
It was favourable and comparisions were drawn with Georgie Fame and Mose Allison.
Back in Hall Two, Gerry kicked off with Take The T ee Train, African Sunset saw Dave "Highnote" have a blast and Paul Smith got in a parradiddle or two although Paul's piece de Resistance came towards the end with an awesome display of speed drumming.
It was a good, well-attended launch.
Lance.

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