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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Not Now Charlie: Sept 15

Jamie Toms (tenor sax); Pawel Jedizejewskl (guitar); Richard Campbell (piano); Liam Gaughan (bass guitar); Dave McKeague (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex/photo from BSH archive).
I went to hear this band after liking their sound on a YouTube link on BSH and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. 
Their website, www.notnowcharlie.com  quotes influences from jazz, rock, pop etc: add to that what I detected, which was folk and classical, the latter mostly from the piano and the former from the second tune of the gig, with the delightful Di Dum sharp snapping sound beloved of bagpipers – I think it’s called a ‘Scotch Snap’.
The gig was to launch their CD Nostalgia Revisited so most of the tunes played were from the CD, all written by Jamie Toms and very ably arranged by the band. Titles were such as MCT; It’s Not Me, It’s You; Potters Wheel. There may have been a tune called Floating Hills and another titled Telling Tales, but I missed most of the titles as they were announced without a microphone in the large downstairs bar, so I couldn’t quite make speech out – my only complaint.
How to describe the music? Very tuneful and adventurous, some tunes reminded me of the extended complex almost-anthems of 1970’s prog rock. Other tunes were episodic to my ears, batches of music in the same item which changed rhythm and theme, yet still held together as one. A typical offering had a very tuneful sax lead to start, then the sax and guitars playing interweaving lines, with lightly brushed drums, then quite suddenly it all ends, just when you expect it to continue a little longer. It’s Not Me It’s You is an amusing title as it’s the opposite of what people are supposed to say when they are ending a relationship diplomatically, and the tune was quite quarrelsome, if a tune can convey such, beginning with general busyness from all the instruments, then a lone bass with rattles on the drums, louder drums, a drum solo over the bass, and big angry chords to finish. Plenty of room for improvisation in solo spots, although such solos were not so formally ‘placed’ as they would be during a swing number.
I don’t know if I’ve described the music as well as it deserves, so why not buy the CD and hear it all for yourself, a snip at only £8? I just wish they could have had a larger audience, which they certainly deserved.
Ann Alex

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