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Friday, March 27, 2020

Paul Edis: Lockdown Live! - March 27

Paul Edis (piano, vocals)
(By Russell)

The second in an ongoing series of who-knows-how-many Friday lunchtime live stream concerts from Paul Edis' London home proved to be another success - musically of course, but also technically with Edis' (non-existent) backroom team ensuring things ran smoothly during the one hour performance.

Today's concert featured a world premiere, several standards and a few requests from 'back home'...Hi Chris, Jerry, George! Picture quality good, sound equally so, Edis began with Rome Wasn't Built in a Day (including a vocal). The studio director (aka P. Edis) had carefully positioned a tripod to ensure pianist and keyboard were in shot throughout. John Taylor's Consolation (for Chris K), the first of two Monk numbers ('Round Midnight), Edis' Nostaloptimist (for Jerry E), it was almost like being at Newcastle's Lit & Phil or the Gala Theatre, Durham!


Happy Song - a world premiere! - came about when Kate Edis suggested Paul should write a 'happy' tune. It couldn't have been easy, after all when does a jazz audience want to listen to 'happy' material?! An Edis arrangement of Percy Grainger's Country Gardens (last week it was Greensleeves) showcased our pianist's thorough classical grounding, Monk's Ruby, My Dear (for George M) returned to the modern jazz canon and a request by relatives in a locked-down Vietnam took the form of Dr Billy Taylor's classic I Wish I Knew How it Was to be Free. The latter number sparked conversation in one Newcastle household about the number being a jam special staple - David 'Showtime' Gray has been known to do a 'Gary Valente' on it! 

Following Johnny Mandel's Emily Edis commented that some twenty six people (probably many more as families opt to stay home) were watching. The sixty minutes would soon be up so Edis wasted no time launching into Night in Tunisia - tremendous. Dizzy up there in the Jazz Club in the Sky was diggin' it. 

Two more, first Bill Evans' Peace Piece with its/Edis' elegant, Satie-like left hand and dreaming right hand, then, to close, another Edis composition (with vocals), When I Was Young. It had been an hour or so of top class jazz piano. More next week (Friday 3 April, 1:00pm). For details see Paul Edis' Facebook page. 
Russell

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