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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Stuart Davies and New Standard @ Hoochie

Stuart Davies (gtr/vcl); John Waugh (ten); Paul Edis (pno/alt); Liam Fender (keys); Ian Patterson (bs. gtr.); Dave Lourie (dms).
(Review by Lance )
This was an experience! Davies, former bass guitarist with Extreme Measures, has added a couple of extra strings and some words to his CV the result being The New Standard.  Quite a band.
To say tonight's gig began franticly would be like describing WWII as 'a game of soldiers'. This was Jazz/Funk taken to the limit by guys who maybe aren't really jazz funkers at heart - or maybe they are. Whatever, the Herbie Hancock opener - Hang-up your Hang ups set the bench mark. 
First to impress was Waugh on tenor. He was in a Curtis groove - Curtis Amy, King Curtis but maybe not Curtis Stigers! As the evening progressed he set out his stall. Waugh is back at Hoochie tomorrow night with Extra Curricular. Surely worth the mere fiver to get in?
Davies had blasted a repetitive riff to get the thing going but, on Blues Hound he chanted and any Blues Buddy wanting to know the secret could do little better than by starting here.
The set went on in predictable vein - and I don't mean that to sound in anyway derogatory - these guys know what they're doing and, despite being their first gig as a unit, they kicked the shit out of what could have been boring and repetitive.
The jazz, the funk, the rock and soul were great but, at the end of the day the blues, After Hours, got the cigar.
Fender cajoled the keys as if he were playing a Rhodes, a Strat or a Tele - he's got the name for it. This was organ blues to curl your toes. Enter Waugh. his soulful tenor aimed at your heart. He played on your emotions before handing over to Edis for some classic blues piano.
This wasn't 9:30pm on Pilgrim St - it was 3:am in Harlem!
Maybe I've missed a few things out like the tenor drum exchanges on the encore, The Harry Connick Jnr., number - Harry is a big favourite in the city these days - I hope you sent Keith some flowers Hal!
Patters' bass, Louries' drums and the two keyboard players, all part of this wonderful mix. Let's hope they find more gigs because they come close to contradicting Miles Kingston's claim that Jazz/Funk bands are usually more funk than jazz.
Stuart has narrowed the gap.
Lance.

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