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Friday, March 18, 2016

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ The Jazz Café - March 17

Gerry Richardson (vcls/Hammond SK2); Rod Sinclair (gtr); Sue Ferris (fl/bar); Garry Linsley (alt); Stuart Johnson (ten/sop); Dave Hignett/Mark Webb (tpt/flug); David Gray (tmb); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Gerry Richardson's Big Idea was a good idea when it kicked off some years back, now it's a brilliant idea! Mainly originals, both old and new, by Gerry, with the odd cover thrown in, this is a band for all seasons that never fails to deliver.
 I'd back Sting's old sparring partner (Newcastle Big Band, Last Exit) against any UK jazz organist and take an each way bet on him even further afield. Driven on by the incredible drumming of Paul Smith - I've heard Paul many times but tonight he was something else - Gerry pedalled and forearm smashed his way around the Hammond to the extent that I feared for the SK2's safety.
Not that this was a two-man show - far from it - six Jacks and a Jill, helped by the small room, succeeded in making this nine-piece sound like sixteen plus! Rod Sinclair, his Telecaster in overdrive; David Gray, turning the trombone into a goblet of fire; Dave "Highnote" Hignett using top C as a starting point; Mark Webb, solid in support; Gary Linsley, Stuart Johnson and Sue Ferris - super saxes with Ferris effortlessly switching from the depths of baritonia up to fluted heights.
The tried and tested were as expected, whilst the three new numbers are indeed worthy additions to the pad. Turnaround Shuffle, in particular, is a guaranteed showstopper.
A most enjoyable evening.
Lance.

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