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Friday, February 27, 2015

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ The Millstone Feb.26.

(Review by Lance).
When you've heard a band so many times the problem you are presented with is what can you say that you haven't already said before? 
The answer is found in the equation w + x + y = n².
w = enthusiasm, x = superb arrangements, y = brilliant soloists, n = Basie (and the rest) squared!
Not that this is a mathematically regimentated band - far from it! They're tight when it needs to be tight and loose when fluidity calls.
My colleague Russell thought the piece about somebody having his toenail removed was fantastic - Black Nail?
This was an occasion where Russell and I disagreed - personally I'd have preferred to have had my toenail removed.
Having said that, the dissonance did have a certain left of centre appeal - imagine Kenton's Neophonic Orchestra playing Peanut Vendor and all the musicians suffering from a peanut allergy.
Away from that moment the band dug deep and, despite the deps - or maybe because of them - it swung.
Vocals from Lindsay and James, solos from the big hitters plus contributions from Jamie and Dave (big hitters in their own right) made this the best, last Thursday in the month for free, gig in town!
Lance.
Michael Lamb (tpt/md); Dave Holman, Dick Stacey, Ben Chinery (tpt); Keiran Parnaby, Mark Ferris, Tom Dowling, Robert Perry (tmb); Keith Robinson, Dave Kerridge (alt); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Graham Don (pno); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Michael Went (bs); Guy Swinton (dms/compere); Lindsay Hannon, James Hedley (vcls).

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