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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Alan Glen Trio @ Cherry Tree, Jesmond. July 1.

Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (dms); Paul Wight (dms).
Some things defy words  - classics. My Prawn Cocktail starter fell into that category and so did Alan Glen's version of Love For Sale. Both set the mood for an evening of good food and great jazz. Like Someone in Love followed and it was apparent that the maestro and his two henchmen were up for it.
Although restricting himself to brushes Wight didn't let that stop him swinging and Pope was as sympathetic as ever to Glen's harmonically rich renditions.
Jerome Kern's All the Things You Are was delightful and my Fillet of Seabass, Fregola Pasta, Confit Tomatoes and Spiced Crab Aioli was delicious in fact, like the next tune, it was But Beautiful.
Girl From Ipanema and Blue Monk accompanied Strawberry Parfait, Meringue, Strawberries and Crumble washed down with a bottle of Black Sheep and digested with Yardbird Suite, When I Fall in Love and The Song is You.
It was an evening to remember for all the right reasons.
We don't hear the Alan Glen Trio often enough so catch them when next you can.
Lance.

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