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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Body and Soul @ Dormans Jazz Club,Middlesbrough - August 1

Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Kevin Eland (trumpet/flugelhorn);Rick Laughlin (keys/synthesizer);  Keith Peberdy (bass); Stuie Ellerton (drums).
(Review by Ron H)

A good sized and enthusiastic audience turned out for this month’s guest band Body and Soul - a band with a reputation for playing exciting jazz.

Cantaloupe Island set the standard followed by a swinging Speak Low with impressive solos all round.

Tadd Dameron's Good Bait had a relaxed feel with Rick, Kevin and Richie in top form.

Kevin, on flugelhorn, was featured in Grover Washington Jr’s beautiful ballad Make Me A Memory, Rick's soulful sound on Synth giving a great dynamic build up to Kevin’s mellow playing.

The first half was brought to a close with Chuck Mangione’s The Hill Where the Lord Hides, Keith soloed and Stuie provided sympathetic support.

The second set opened with an up-tempo Miles Davis classic - Milestones - and more great solos.  Richie's sumptuous tenor playing was featured on Young And Foolish as well as a lyrical piano solo from Rick.

A number played for the first time by the band and featuring Rick with drum and bass backing, Chick Corea's Spain, held the audience spell bound with a skilful blend of piano and synthesizer.

After a fine Norwegian Wood. a well-deserved encore - The Crusaders’ Hustler - finished the night in great style.

A great night by a great band with one couple, new to these jazz nights, describing it as “magical”.

The usual thanks go to Dormans Club for their help and support to ensure the success of the evening.
Ron H

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