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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gilligan, Williams and Forbes December 27 - The Jazz Café

Pete Gilligan (Piano); Mark Williams (Guitar); Don Forbes (Trumpet).
(Review by Kath Jobes).
Life is complicated enough. And jazz is just a chance to escape from it, at least for a moment…Cabin fever had set in at home and I needed some Jazz, so off I went to the Jazz Café for what can only be described as a bouncing night!  The first set was just Gilligan and Williams, who were later joined in the second set by Don Forbes and his trusty trumpet.
Charlie Parker’s Billie’s Bounce set us away with a superb piano solo from Pete, it’s great to see this talented musician back home in the Café.  A lovely arrangement of Keith Jarrett’s Memories of Tomorrow led on to another lively tune this time we were Bouncing With Bud, with an enjoyable call and response section between piano and guitar.  Jim Hall’s captivating Waltz New was followed by a couple of Horace Silver’s tunes - the lively The St. Vitus Dance and Summer in Central Park, with Williams as ever, playing magnificently.  A brief interlude of Michel Petrucciani's September 2nd, then back to Silver with Opus De Funk to end this set.
Set Two commenced again with the Gillingham/Williams duo with Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, beautiful as an instrumental, but I love Ella’s version. Chick Corea’s Spain followed on, but without the lovely Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez introduction… which is actually my favourite bit… so ok I love a bit of Classical fused with jazz!   Finally Don Forbes joined the guys to play an enjoyable There Will Never Be Another You. His proficient playing continued in Frank Foster’s Simone - delightful …as was You and the Night and the MusicNico’s Dream and Come Rain Come Shine written by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer... again Ella does a lovely rendition, rounded off a very entertaining night… thanks guys!
Kath J.

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