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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dean Stockdale & Mick Shoulder @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - April 24


Dean Stockdale (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell)

Not so many in this week - post-Easter blues? Who knows? Those who did get along enjoyed two sets of standards and a couple of pianist Dean Stockdale's compositions performed by an experienced duo exuding class. 

My RomanceThey Can't Take That Away From Me and The Nearness of You, three classic numbers, the County Durham duo of Stockdale and double bassist Mick Shoulder au fait with the material, the Mezzanine audience listened with a cuppa in hand. 


A couple of years ago Dean Stockdale released a well-received trio album - Origin - and the composer chose a selection from it. Another Time is a fine piece and bassist Shoulder read the dots seeking to do justice to his colleague's tune and he did just that. 

Listen to Stockdale live or on CD and you'll likely as not detect a Peterson/Billy Taylor/perhaps Garner influence in his playing. Witchcraft, an elegant Alice in Wonderland, it's understandable that our pianist is in demand across the north of England and beyond leading trio sessions and working as a sideman. A second original composition - First Light - is yet to be committed to tape and on this hearing it could well feature on the pianist's next album which one hopes won't be too far off. Stockdale remarked that Shoulder would be playing the number for perhaps only the second time. Reading as he went, our versatile Djangologist once again proved to be a more than able, not to mention sensitive, GASbook accompanist.

A couple of contrasting selections to finish - Billy Taylor's I Wish I Knew and Bird's Billie's Bounce - sought to dispel any doubts (none here at BSH) that Dean Stockdale and Mick Shoulder are A-listers plying their trade right here in the north of England.
Russell      

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