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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Nov. 13

(Review by Lance).

Such is the nature of jam sessions that the standard of performance is variable and if I say that this week didn't quite have the pizzazz of two weeks ago there was still plenty to savour, not least the house rhythm section who ensured that everyone got the best of support.

Showtime (David Gray) arrived wearing a hat that became a mute or was it vice versa? Whatever, he didn't pale by comparision with the trombone players I'd already heard that day on CD.

Elliott Todd, from Manchester, and George Sykes from, musically speaking, Vermont appeared to struggle early on but, once the instruments were warmed up, got into their stride later on.
The vocalists tended to be under amplified and Poppy's fluting would have benefitted from closer proximity to the mic.

On drums, Mo gave Mark a well-earned break as did John Pope who, as always, brought scales of the unexpected into his solos when he spelled Paul on bass. However, it was Marcus Tham who took everyone by surprise when he gave the hardworking Jeremy a break. His delicate approach providing a suitable alternative to Jeremy's powerhouse playing. There's room for both.

The Metro was calling me from the Central Station so I missed out on what may well have been the highlight of the evening with les tout ensemble jamming for fifteen minutes on Strasbourg/St Denis. A tale of two metros.
Lance.
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Jeremy McMurray (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Mark Robertson (drums) + Debra Milne (vocals); Elliott Todd (trumpet); David Gray (trombone); Poppy (flute/vocal); John Pope (bass); Marcus Tham (piano); Hazem Mohammed (drums).

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