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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Adrian Cox and Dave Archer play Benny Goodman and Charlie Christian. Live stream from Kansas Smitty's - Nov. 17

Adrian Cox (clarinet/vocal); Dave Archer (guitar); Ferg Ireland (bass); Will Cleasby (drums) + Giacomo Smith (clarinet) & Joe Webb (piano).

The theme was Benny Goodman/Charlie Christian and who better to take up the challenge than Adrian and Dave?

Seven Come Eleven; Soft Winds; Rachel's Dream got things going. In the latter tune, named after Benny's daughter - when he remembered her name - included a quote by Adrian of Salt Peanuts which must have had BG turning in his grave!

Memories of You, so smooth, Till Tom Special, so swingy and a great drum solo.

The original Goodman version of Body and Soul didn't feature Benny singing but this didn't deter Adrian who knew the words and played brilliant clarinet!

Grand Slam was piano-less boogie-woogie and none the worse for that. Take a bow Dave Archer! This was almost rock 'n' roll only better.

I thought that it couldn't fly any higher and then... and then... and then... Joe Webb joined on piano and Giacomo made it a two clarinet front line. Most of the BG/CC recordings were sextet ones so this made it even more authentic.

Flying Home and Airmail Special - what a couple of swingers to finish on! But who won the clarinet crown - who would be crowned the King of Swing? Well I reckon that Adrian edged the former but it was Giacomo who scored on the latter number. Honours even - lets have a replay! I for one can't wait.

Lance.

1 comment :

Adrian Cox said...

Hey Lance, thanks for your review, so pleased you enjoyed it.....
I thought the same with the salt peanuts when I heard it on the record ha ha ha

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