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However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.


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Saturday, May 02, 2020

Enrico Tomasso & Martin Litton Lockdown Live - May 2

Enrico Tomasso (trumpet/flugel/vocal); Martin Litton (piano).

I came into this one after watching Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones on Sky Arts. The contrast couldn't have been greater. Rico and Martin the personification of eloquence, The Stones (in 1981) somewhat less with the Muddy Waters Band somewhere in between.

However, musically speaking, they were all excellent in their own particular field.

I'm not sure what Jagger and co. were drinking but Rico was on Fullers' Bengal Lancer. I'm sure Russell will give us the lowdown on that particular brew - it's one of those bottle conditioned beers that leaves some sediment in the bottle so you have to be careful pouring it otherwise you get a cloudy pint. Rico's pint was nice and clear so he's obviously well practiced in the art of pouring and, of course in the art of playing.

Tonight's mini-set had Martin Litton on piano and the pair gelled perfectly.

The selection of Louis tunes for this session were: I'm Putting All my Eggs in One Basket with ET singing and giving us the info that Bunny Berigan was in the trumpet section of the accompanying orchestra on Louis' 1936 recording. A switch to flugel for What's New? inspired by Billy Butterfield's version followed by a blast on Bobby Hackett's solo on Singin' the Blues before finishing up with Dinah complete with vocal and Armstrong facial mannerisms.

In between the music there were the stories and anecdotes that kept us interested as well as the acknowledgements of those who passed comment

Faraway, in Hay-on-Wye, Martin Litton had laid down the piano foundation for our man as well as providing some rollicking solos of his own.

The online audience included such royalty as Pete Long and Noel Dennis.

Next week it's Spats Langham who shares the screen with Rico.

1 comment :

Patti said...

Indeed - Thomas 'Spats' Langham is live-streaming with Rico next week - and Tom is a most excellent 'balladeer' (as Rico himself said tonight!) He's a highly skilled guitar, banjo, uke player too.

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