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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble @ Hoochie Coochie

Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Bates (dms).
Debs has got herself a nice little combo here. Even with (even with!) Paul Susans depping for Mick Danby it is a tight little unit. Debra herself looked stunning in a mini dress - can this slip of a girl really have grown up children? She surely does and, since I first heard her, her stage presence and confidence have grown enormously.
Tonight, in her inimitable style, numbers we heard included; There Will Never Be Another You, No Mo Blues, Close Your Eyes, Killer Joe. A couple of originals by Steve and Debra - Stay and Don't Come Round Here Any More - and Horace Silver's Senor Blues.
It was a good set with some stunning solos by Steve Glendinning and Paul Susans - perhaps the north east's most underrated bass player.
The London Pride was renewed and Happy New Years exchanged all-round before the second set got under way with Tell Me What's Really Going On? A duo number with just vocal and guitar. Bass and drums returned to set the scene for a sassier set that included Four, How Insensitive and Tom Waitts' Temptation. However, the evening's highlight was an original dedicated to the late Keith Crombie - Jazz Café. Appropriately enough it opened up with the descending introduction to Ray Charles' Hit The Road Jack! A good, meaningful lyric by Debra and a strong tune by Steve underpinned by bass and drums.
It had been a good evening and we left to the strains of Get Happy (with an altered lyric)
Kav was on hand to take photos.
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