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Friday, March 15, 2019

Mick Shoulder Quintet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - March 15

Lewis Watson (tenor saxophone); Graham Hardy (trumpet); Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Jerry E).

In April last year, Bishop Auckland Town Hall's monthly lunchtime concert drew a healthy crowd. Today the same first-floor cafe/bar accommodated a larger audience there to hear the same line-up. And little surprise given that word-of-mouth recommendation clearly persuaded more people to turn out to hear Mick Shoulder's A-list bop quintet. 

The A-listers comprised the band leader himself beavering away in the engine room alongside drummer Russ Morgan and the undemonstrative, if not underrated, pianist Dean Stockdale supporting the frontline horns of Lewis Watson and Graham Hardy. McCoy Tyner's arrangement of That Old Feeling opened the one hour programme with Lewis Watson (tenor) straight in there with the first of several killer solos. 

The first of two Horace Silver numbers - Nica's Dream - found the five-piece in fine form, the tune familiar to all, the playing right on the money. 

Voodoo Blues from the film Dr. Terror's House of Horrors* (starring Peter Cushing with Roy Castle playing the part of Biff Bailey fronting a band with Tubby Hayes cast, unsurprisingly, as a saxophonist) was the jazz combo equivalent of giving a dog a bone - these guys took hold and didn't let go. Blues to the bone with pianist Stockdale leading the way, Hardy following on, Morgan topping it off. Great stuff.

The Jazz Messengers' thread continued to weave its spell - Benny Golson's Thursday's Theme featured classy work from Shoulder, then Moanin' minus Lee Morgan's bravura entrance as trumpeter Hardy ceded the first solo to Stockdale before Lewis Watson took command with a majestic Benny Golson-Johnny Griffin-esque masterclass. 

The two o'clock finish came all too quickly as the Mick Shoulder Quintet went out on Horace Silver's Swingin' the Samba. This was another cracking gig at BATH - the monthly series is on a roll.
Russell

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