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Friday, January 13, 2017

Alan Glen Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar - January 12.

Alan Glen (piano); John Pope (bass); Sid White (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Coldest night of the year, snow, tidal surges and strong winds forecast. The heating in the downstairs bar had also failed. What else could go wrong?
Nothing!
Not with the Alan Glen Trio playing in the upper room - the temperature seemed fine up there.
Must have been the music.
The Glen Trio can warm up any room!
The north-east is blessed with many fine players and Alan Glen is the doyen of them all, Despite his four score years he can hold his own. There may be a barely discernable decrease in dexterity, although I didn't notice it, but, if there is, he makes up for it with the ever-evolving flow of ideas he transmits to the keyboard via head, heart, soul and fingers.
He was on form.
This was the A-Team.
John Pope, on bass, is Premier League - maybe even Champion's League - his solos, always full of humour without losing the plot. He swings and does it in a sympathetic and melodic way.
Sid on drums drives things along nicely and his kickass solo on Tune Up was full of dynamics, rhythmic permutations, and some explosions that would have caused the building to be evacuated had the bomb squad been passing by!
This is a trio that has developed over the years, with changing personnel, into a band that will be, ranked alongside the great Newcastle bands of yore.
How's about suggesting who those bands are?
Getting back to the gig.
If I Should Lose You; Here's That Rainy Day; It's You or No One; Everything Happens to me; East of the Sun; Waltz in C*; My Funny Valentine and Milestones took us up to intermission.
Time to recharge our glasses, A Red Kite flew in from Wylam and set me up for more music.
Solar; My Romance; I'll Close my Eyes; My Foolish Heart**; Yardbird Suite; Easy Go* and Tune Up completed the 'official' programme before Blue Monk - the bonus ball - brought the show to a close. A great gig that, in a perfect world, would have filled the neighboring /arena.
In a perfect world...
Lance.
* Alan Glen original.
** If this gig had been in December, My Foolish Heart would have been the ballad performance of the year. As it is, who knows?
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