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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Jam session @ The Dun Cow - Nov 6


Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Paul Wight (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Stax Brothers' Jeff (tenor sax); Abbie Finn (drums); Ray Burns (harmonica, vocals)
(Review by Russell)

It has been something of a lean time of it recently with the region's jam sessions experiencing a dip in audience numbers and, for long periods, sitters-in thin on the ground. The quality of the sessions hasn't been in question, rather the lack of support for what can be, and often is, the greatest free show in town. 

The latest session - the first Wednesday in the month meeting in Brandling Park - did little to buck the trend. The Dun Cow's pool table moved aside, Stu Collingwood, piano, Paul Grainger, bass and drummer Paul Wight set up in their own time as an audience slowly materialised. You and the Night and the Music for openers. Collingwood's thorough workout on This Masquerade upped matters as Harry Keeble handed out some homemade fudge which went very nicely with a pint of Jaipur IPA. Keeble swapped hospitality duties for something more familar - blowing great tenor sax. The tune? Always and Forever


A new face from the r 'n' b scene - Jeff of Stax Brothers' fame - blew with a full bodied tone on Stardust then bootin' tenor on Nat Adderley's Work Song. He didn't hang around, let's hope he puts in another appearance before long. 

When Abbie met Harry - actually, they arrived together! - the mood picked up with Abbie spelling Paul behind the traps and Harry blowing on St Thomas

A long serving supporter of the jam session scene popped in. Ray Burns skirted round the edges looking for an opening which came his way on Sweet Lorraine and again on Ain't Misbehavin' (harmonica and vocals on each one). 

One Note Samba paired Keeble with Burns and at around ten bassist and MC Paul Grainger called time. The Dun Cow's next jam session night - put it in the diary - is on Wednesday December 4.                   
Russell

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