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Monday, October 21, 2019

Claire Martin w. Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie - Oct. 20

(Review by Lance).

I've stopped using plaudits like 'Gig of the Month', 'Gig of the Year' etc. There are just too many to realistically even shortlist them. However, if I had still been going down that road then last night would certainly have been a front runner. 

Yesterday afternoon/early evening, at a full to overflowing Hoochie Coochie, Claire Martin did the business with a performance that ticked all the boxes and maybe created a few more into the bargain. I'd came in on a high having listened to her recent album with guitarist Jim Mullen (Bumpin') and here she was with 17 of the most swinging blowers in town keeping the adrenaline flowing.


Opening up with Fever I thought, not again, but by the time it morphed into Kansas City I, like everyone else, had also 'got the fever'.

The standards rolled out. The voice, full and round, the pitch perfect, the phrasing impeccable. This was one of those, if I'm going to die let it be now moments. Fortunately it wasn't and we wallowed in the magic of Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Harold Arlen and co. I'm Old Fashioned; Our Love is Here to Stay; When the Sun Comes Out; I've Got the World on a String and Too Darn Hot - too darn right it was - musically if not weatherwise!

Interval and it was time to top up the London Pride before our OBE was back on stage. Order of the British Empire? It should be Order of the World!

I Love Being Here With You, with a reference to Hoochie Coochie cleverly inserted, I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues; That Old Black Magic; Save Your Love For me; Pat Metheny's Timeline arranged by Michael Lamb with an added lyric by Claire followed by a blistering Hard Hearted Hannah and the grand finale an uptempo St. Louis Blues.

This had been quite a session but let's not forget that it wouldn't have been quite the same without the rip roaring presence of the SSBB. Claire paid tribute, not only to our own super singer Alice Grace but also bandleader Michael Lamb reminding us that he led his first big band at school when he was 15! He also played a lyrical flugel solo on the Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley classic Save Your Love For me.

Prior to Claire Martin's appearance the band played an impressive set that included vocals by Alice - Can't Buy Me Love; Avalon and Comes Love - serving as a reminder to Claire that she had better be in good voice which, of course, she was.

Lester Young's Tickletoe had the saxes playing the tricky head standing up and without faltering.

All the usual suspects soloed over the course of the evening and, once again, we acknowledged how lucky we were to have such a band on tap as well as a guy like Warren for presenting them so regularly at Hoochie Coochie.
Lance

Claire Martin OBE (vocals) w. Michael Lamb MD, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); Mark Ferris, Kieran Parnaby, Chris Gurgi-Smith, John Flood (trombones); Jamie Toms, Dave Kerridge, Steve Summers, Keith Robinson, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Pawel Jędrzejewski (guitar); Graham Don (piano); Michael Whent (bass); Guy Swinton (drums); Alice Grace (vocals). 

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