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13,132 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 551 of them this year alone and, so far, 106 this month (April 22).

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April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
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June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

CD Review: Howard McCrary - Moments Like This.

Howard McCrary (piano/vocals); Mike Burney (saxes); Josh McCalla (guitar); Roger Innis (bass); Tim Jones (drums).
(Review by Lance).

If, like this reviewer, Howard McCrary has bypassed your radar then you can update yourself on him and this session here.

Recorded live at the Birmingham branch of Ronnie's back in 1993, Moments Like This remained in the vaults, unissued until now, which, after listening, you may consider criminal. McCrary was, and hopefully still is (he now lives in Hong Kong*), an incredible talent both as pianist and singer. He can shout the blues and caress a ballad with the best - sometimes he caresses the blues and shouts the ballads. Over the Rainbow is totally over the top although his sensitive piano intro via another Arlen tune from the Wiz of Oz - If I Only Had a Brain - maintains the balance.

Saxman Burney blows fine sax (mainly tenor) with guitar adding his two bits backed by bass and drums that do no harm at all. Truth is, one of the mega moments is the first chorus of the Ray Evans/Jay Livingstone classic I Was a Little Too Lonely (and you were a little too late). Taken faster than the Nat 'King' Cole version, bass and voice gel perfectly before bringing in the others and another super sax solo.

Whilst it's great to discover new talent, it's even better to hit on an older talent, such as McCrary, that you've missed out on before it's too late (for either of us!) It's a bit like finding gold in them there hills and this gem is 24 karat.
Lance
*I wonder if he's ever gigged at Ned Kelly's?
Would You?; Hurry on Down; Goin' to Chicago; Moody's Mood For Love; Moments Like This; Over the Rainbow; Precious Lord, Take my Hand; Every Day I Have the Blues; I Was a Little Too Lonely; Route 66; Don't You Drive me Away.

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