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Monday, July 27, 2020

Livestream: Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet - July 27

James Pearson (piano); Freddie Gavita (trumpet); Alex Garnett (tenor sax); Sam Burgess (bass); Chris Higginbottom (drums).

This, the seventh and possibly last, livestream from Ronnie's had the house band in good fettle literally Blowin' the Blues Away. Yes it was a tribute to Horace Silver's famed album although not all the tunes were covered plus a couple of ringers were slipped in.

It didn't matter, the feeling was as much there tonight in Ronnie's as it was when Horace took his boys into the Blue Note studios back on August 1, 1959. Sixty one years to the day before the Ronnie Scott Club reopens its doors to the public.

Despite the omnipresent f/ups of which Facebook is renowned for, tonight was a cracker and even the unexpected stop choruses did little more than act as a mild irritant to what was happening either side of them.

All five were in cracking form and if Horace had been still alive and listening he'd have wanted to take the whole band - well maybe not James - back to NYC.

James Pearson was possibly "Man of the Match" but Alex, Freddie and Chris ran him close and if that looks as though I'm selling Sam Burgess short had I been looking at it on a "pound for pound" basis as they do when judging fighters of different weights then Sam would probably have come out on top! Certainly his solo on the only ballad - Peace - won hands down for emotional content.

But what am I doing? This wasn't a brawl, it was 5 guys making music, not scoring points!

I doubt that I'll ever get to Birdland but, hopefully, I'll sometime in the not too distant future return to Ronnie's and, if these guys are playing, you won't hear me complaining.
Lance

Blowin' the Blues Away; Break City; House of Horace (Gavita original); Peace; Baghdad Blues; Sister Sadie; The Preacher (not from the original album).

1 comment :

Russell said...

Yes, another cracking session from Ronnie's.

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