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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music @ the Globe Jazz Bar: Swing Manouche - Oct. 6

Mick Shoulder, Giles Strong (guitars); Paul Grainger (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Clarinetist, Gavin Lee had put in a sick note so, unable to find a suitable replacement, the quartet became a trio. All credit to Porthos, Aramis and Athos, the absence of D'Artagnan didn't prevent them from putting on an excellent show that was much appreciated by the well-attended upper room audience.

A mix of the familiar and the not so familiar allowed both guitarists plenty of solo space.
Playing the obligatory Maccas, Shoulder plugged in, Strong acoustic, they blended well with Grainger who also had marginally more space to solo that he normally would.
Lulu Swing; Douce Ambience; When Day is Done; Minch Waltz; Dinette; Nuages; Sheik of Araby and All of Me brought the first set to a close and those Djangophiles present couldn't have wished for better.
Nor could anyone complain about the second set which contained gems such as Minor Swing; I'll See You in my Dreams; Indifference; Them There Eyes; Djangology; Dark Eyes; Chez Jacques and a couple of others.
A most enjoyable evening.
Lance.

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