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Charlie Musselwhite: "I used to see these posters in the windows of the [Chicago] blues clubs advertising Elmore James and Muddy Waters which knocked me out. I was making a note of the addresses and at night I'd go back and listen to the blues until 4-5 in the morning." - (Blues Matters! Aug/Sep 2021)

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13,530 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 948 of them this year alone and, so far, 112 this month (July 31).

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Ronnie Scott All-Stars Present Dave Brubeck's Time Out - Live stream @ Ronnie Scott's - Sept. 24

James Pearson (piano); Alex Garnett (alto sax); Sam Burgess (bass); Chris Higginbottom (drums).

Another gem from Ronnie's this time it's the house band paying tribute to Dave Brubeck's iconic 1959 album - Time Out.


Of course everyone knows Take Five, most people know Blue Rondo à la Turk and It's a Raggy Waltz whilst perhaps slightly fewer are familiar with Strange Meadowlark; Three to Get Ready; Kathy's Waltz and Everybody's Jumpin'. However, I guarantee no one had heard Gotham City Lockdown. Why? Because James Pearson had only composed the piece that very afternoon! If he hadn't confessed then I'm sure he could have fooled everyone into thinking it was a recently discovered manuscript by the master himself.

The All-Stars did Brubeck proud. Garnett gave a reasonable facsimile of Paul Desmond without losing his own identity. Pearson Brubecked without going into some of Dave's more excessive moments - the showboating that delighted the fans and upset the critics (Steve Race was a notable exception championing Brubeck from the off, possibly because, unlike most of his fellow critics, he was a pianist himself) - whilst Burgess and "Higgy" turned themselves into Gene Wright and Joe Morello respectively for the session.

Finally, for the obligatory "encore" they strayed away from the Time Out album for In Your Own Sweet Way played, needless to say in their own sweet way. A fitting finale.

There was an in-house audience of 115 which, added to the streamers, hopefully made it all worthwhile.

Lance

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