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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Paul Edis Sextet @ King's Hall, Newcastle Uni. May 2.

Paul Edis (pno/ldr); Graeme Wilson (ten/bar); Graham Hardy (tpt/flg); Alex Leathard (tmb); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A sunny afternoon - could this be summer? A Steinway and six first class purveyors of the art made for a perfect way to spend an hour within the cloistered walls of this hallowed seat of learning and surely the music students present learned something this afternoon!
The sextet opened with two new pieces by Edis who in fact wrote all seven compositions. The first was a jaunty number inspired by a tweet from John Prescott - Better Than a Punch in the Face! The second, Lost in Translation, came about due to Paul mistaking a Liverpool accent for a Norwegian one and, no it didn't really sound like Norwegian Wood, well maybe a little bit!
Echoes and Ravelations from the band's CD There Will Be Time were living proof of the qualities that caused BBC Jazz producer Alyn Shipton to rate it in Jazzwise as number 3 among the 100's of discs he listened to last year. Missing You written with his then wife to be in mind - they're now married - Eastern (a sort of jazz Turkish Delight) and The Timothys (Paul's in-laws, all 11 of them!) completed an excellent program
I haven't mentioned the individual musicians as they are all so well-known and have been reviewed so many times that I'm lost for superlatives. Suffice to say that if six-a-side jazz was an Olympic sport these guys would be gold medallists.
The packed King's Hall would surely agree with me going by the volume of applause at the end.
Lance.

1 comment :

Russell said...

Yes, an excellent set. Unhelpful acoustics in the King's Hall - at the back of the hall the piano sounded fine but the superb drumming of Adam Sinclair wasn't heard to best effect.

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