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Friday, May 27, 2016

Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil. May 27

Dean Stockdale (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo from archive)
There was a full house today at the Lit and Phil for a return engagement of one of the region’s finest pianists. Dean Stockdale played a one-hour trio set in the company of Mick Shoulder and Adam Sinclair. A programme of standards and no fewer than four compositions written by Stockdale deservedly won rapturous applause.
Nostalgia in Times Square, Alice in Wonderland and Out of Nowhere – three all time great tunes heard Stockdale stretch out in classic jazz piano small group style. Four originals that more than stood comparison with the familiar numbers; New York by Night swung, locked-hands and all, Sands of Time, a ballad written last week, replete with a fleeting quote of…of…its gone, a big Texas sky number titled Rail Town swung like Oscar Peterson, as did Pike Place, named after a Seattle fish market, with the pianist’s suggestion: Two bars in…being taken up by the incomparable bass and drums pairing of Shoulder and Sinclair with the nonchalance of a regular working unit. Few present would have guessed this lunchtime concert was a first outing for the trio.
Dean Stockdale can be heard next week working with trombonist Eddie Bellis’ Lickety Split at the Empty Shop in Durham (June 2) and again in Newcastle at the Jazz Café in the company of master trumpet and flugelhorn player Noel Dennis on August 12. Both gigs come highly recommended. The Dean Stockdale Trio can be heard at Darlington’s Quakerhouse pub on Sunday 26 June at six o’clock. Needless to say, it’s recommended. 
The next Lit & Phil lunchtime jazz concert features the wonderful guitar duo of James Birkett and Bradley Johnston at one o’clock, Friday 24 June.
Russell.              

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