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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Ballads Before Bed VII - July 28

Paul Edis (piano)

The seventh in Paul Edis' series of late night live stream sessions will be the last one for a while. Pianist Edis has decided to take a break and will return in a few weeks. The fortnightly online balladry has proved particularly successful; a simple format, a brief introduction, half a dozen numbers played without further commentary, concluding with a 'good night' nod. 

Six compositions, a varied choice, each one given a thoughtful treatment, the melodies slowly revealing themselves as familiar friends. Old Folks (Robison/Hill) to Nancy with the Laughing Face (Van Heusen-Silvers), our late night live-streamer performed to an attentive audience. Attentive? Yes, 'attentive', you don't logon at ten o'clock to sit and chatter, do you?! 

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Wolf/Landesman), a tune made for tenor saxophonists sounded equally as good in the hands of pianist Edis. The King/Leiber and Stoller pop song Stand by Me proved to be the evening's surprise inclusion - it worked! Rodgers and Hart's It Never Entered My Mind worked (it never fails) and Edis' Sunset held its own in a set of bona fide classics. 

Seven balladic evenings have been a joy to listen to, we await eagerly number eight.  
Russell      

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