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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Alan Barnes @ Opus 4 Jazz Club, Darlington - Feb 9

Alan Barnes (alto & baritone saxophones, clarinet); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Usually when Alan Barnes arrives at the Traveller’s Rest to play his now customary annual gig the queue of eager gig-goers goes half way down the stairs. This time, some forty-five minutes before the advertised start, the queue went all the way down the stairs to the entrance on West Auckland Road. A popular draw is Barnesy.


The wisecracks started way before the first number…A Barnes just can’t help himself! The legend that is Dennis – if there’s a jazz gig in County Durham the man is there – engaged Barnesy in witty repartee or should that be Dennis offered a running commentary on anything and everything within earshot?! The room full, the jazz giants looking on (see photo of Barnes playing in front of a ‘who’s who’ of the music looking on from the walls of the upstairs room), Opus 4 Jazz Club’s special guest looked across at friend and fellow musician Paul Edis and said: Paul, what are we playing first? As Edis replied: Jeannine, Barnes’ forgetfulness suggested we were in for a vintage evening full of fun and laughter. Edis, bassist Andy Champion then Barnes soloing on the standard On Green Dolphin Street elicited further laughter as our guest star noted its German title – On Green Dolphin Strasse.
                                                                                                                                                                First call drummer Russ Morgan picked up his brushes on Bluesette and it wasn’t too long before a name check was in order, Barnes highlighting ‘a virtuoso solo’ from Andy Champion. In closing the first set on baritone playing East of the Sun, - Barnes commented it would be ‘the first of seven sets.’              
Jimmy van Heusen’s But Beautiful with Barnes on baritone, solos all round, simply marvellous. The Barnesy-Dennis sideshow didn’t let up all evening and Bebop Spoken Here’s County Durham man Tony Eales thoroughly enjoyed the comic quips. Opus 4’s guest star happily took requests with the Paul Edis Trio eminently capable of playing anything that came their way and we got Scrapple from the Apple and Blue Monk. Alan Barnes in Darlington never fails to draw a full house and he’ll be in town again in May to perform at the Darlington Jazz Festival. A date for your 2019 diary…Barnesy has already confirmed a return engagement at Opus 4 Jazz Club…the date is Friday 8th February.  Start queuing now.       

Russell

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