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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Peter Gilligan & Friends @ Hoochie Coochie

Peter Gilligan (piano); Graham Hardy (trumpet/flugel); Paul Gowland (tenor); Paul Grainger (bass); Dave McKeague (drums).
Pete Gilligan has a great love of the music of Horace Silver and this afternoon's quintet session at Hoochie left no one in doubt of his, and his fellow travellers, ability to put their own stamp on the great man's work. The proof, of course, was already there after the band's previous outing at The Bridge where they blew up a storm for only six quid!
Here they were today at Hoochie and it was free!
I got there early - the crowds were even less than they were for Kings of Leon (Saturday St. James Park), One Direction (Stadium of Light) or the Gilligan band at the Bridge's six quidder!
Strikes me that the more you charge the more punters you get!
However, I digress. The music was superb and enough people eventually meandered in to enjoy this killer session.
Filthy McNasty; Summer in Central Park; Natives Are Restless; Silver's Serenade and Quicksilver. A solid first set. Graham Hardy and Paul Gowland were the frontliners today and if ever Mr Silver needs a couple of UK boys these are his men. He'd have to fight Gilligan for them though as Pete was flying high and with Grainger on bass and the amazingly young looking McKeague on drums this was a quintet to take on the world!
Horacescope - another quirky Silver title - was absolutely the top. One of those tunes that grabs you  both harmonically and melodically. Reminded me a little of A Foggy Day. Opus de Funk; Strollin'; Nutville and, finally, Nica's Dream.
Lance.

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