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Monday, September 08, 2014

Noel Dennis Plays the Music of Tom Harrell @ The Bridge. September 7.

Noel Dennis (tpt/flg); Paul Edis (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
I hold my hand up and confess that, although I knew the name of Tom Harrell as a prolific Down Beat poll winner, I wasn't actually familiar with his work. After tonight's performance by Noel Dennis this is a hole in my jazz listening experience I must surely rectify.
Noel Dennis, of course, is no stranger. His warm toned, post bop, trumpet playing has long been a corner stone of north east modern jazz and never has he been heard to greater effect than in tonight's concert where he featured several compositions by Tom Harrell.
These included Train Shuffle - a 1993 piece recorded by Harrell with Phil Woods and Joe Lovano (check it out on YouTube) - Little Dancer, a piece in 3/4 with some effective interplay between trumpet and guitar, a switch to flugel for Sail Away, and Hope Street which culminated with Tilbrook at his swingingest best.
I doubt if the band had had much, if any, rehearsal time prior to the gig but the music gelled as if they'd been playing it together for a lifetime. This was no easy task as some of the progressions weren't just 12 bar or rhythm changes but more "interesting" to quote Noel.
Whatever the complexities, needless to say, the five good men and true were well up to the task in hand!
A cracking start to the new Splinter Season.
Lance.
PS: Someone remind me who's on next week.
PPS: JAM SESSION next week.

4 comments :

Lance said...

Apart from the music - what about Ken Drew's photo of the band!

Russell said...

What about Ken's photo? It's up to his usual standard!

Lance said...

Of course it is! I just felt it was worth drawing extra attention to it. I'm now starting to use Flikr instead of Picasa for photos which I think is better.
Opinions anyone?

David Gray said...

Also, of course, a fantastic picture, which I've come to expect from Ken--especially because he always makes me look beautiful (snarf).

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