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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Noel Dennis & Friends @ The Cherry Tree July 21.

Noel Dennis (tpt/flg); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Neil Harland (bs).
"I'm in a Chet Baker mood tonight" said Noel. "Really?" I replied, hardly surprised - Chet is his alter ego. Indeed I sometimes wonder if Noel isn't a younger, cleaner living, relation of Chet's!. 
Tonight was an absolute gem of jazz chamber music. Noel is the only brass man I know who sounds as cool on trumpet as he does on flugel.
There is no Greater Love and the Lincolnshire Poacher & Spinach Soufflé was my delight this Monday night followed by Four, a Tom Harrell number. and Beautiful Love which summed up the Chargrilled Bistro Rump Steak with Peppercorn Butter and Traditional Steak Garnish.
Everything Happens to Me and Freddie Freeloader rounded off the set although I was far from feeling any kind of blue - how could I after Sticky Toffee Pudding, Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream? Not to mention the superb playing of these three aces.
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