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Friday, May 10, 2019

Gerry Richardson Soul Jazz Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie - May 9

Gerry Richardson (organ/vocals); Garry Linsley (alto sax); Rod Sinclair (guitar); Graeme Hare (drums).
(Review by Lance).

A decent turnout - perhaps they were expecting an impromptu appearance from Sting as once happened at a previous Hoochie gig by Gerry - not tonight though, no doubt he had more pressing matters elsewhere - what they did get was Gerry's tried and tested routine, a routine that never fails.

We'd heard it all before but, as with many great players, it always seems to sound like the first time. Gerry uses a Crumar Mojo which offers more portability than the B3 and, to my ears, the sound is comparable although one observer did remark that he missed the Leslie speaker. Whatever, Gerry handles the tools at hand with much aplomb - I say 'at hand' but his feet dance like Fred Astaire on the pedal board. Unlike so many, he is the complete package - bass players are redundant in this outfit.

Rod Sinclair performs moments of magic on his trusty Telecaster, blues-drenched riffs fill the room with joy and the hearts of aspiring guitarists with despair. On alto, Garry Linsley gives us an indication of what Charlie Parker might have sounded like playing in a soul band whilst, on drums, Graeme Hare, a new (to me) drummer did the job and worked out on African Sunset.

Other numbers included: Knock on Wood; Soul Shadows (vocal); Red Beans and Rice; Everything I Do Will Be Funky From Now On (vocal); Sunny (vocal); Groovy Baby; Money's Getting Cheaper (vocal); Cissy Strut; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Lady Day and John Coltrane (vocal). 
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