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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Adrian Cox & Friends Runnin' Wild at Toulouse Lautrec - May 27

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Barry (piano); Will Sach (double bass)

Looking forward to playing in front of a live audience, Adrian Cox on Facebook exclaimed: Whoop! Whoop! As Toulouse Lautrec is operating at half capacity until at least June 21, it came as no surprise to learn that this evening's gig was a sellout. In addition, an online, paying audience boosted the coffers. A choice set list, beginning with Ellington's Do Nothing till You Hear from Me, found charismatic frontman Cox in fine form. In equally good form were Kansas Smitty's regulars Will Barry, piano, Dave Archer, guitar and bassist Will Sach. At the conclusion of a swifter than swift Runnin' Wild Cox joked: Er, we're gonna pick up the tempo now! 

Ellington, yes, now for Jelly Roll...Black Bottom Stomp, Archer the rhythm machine and soloist par excellence, Barry making a good fist of it as Morton. At its conclusion...Ah! Crikey! said our man. Yes, this was back to work, on stage performing alongside fellow musicians, an expectant audience, none of this solo live stream lark. The quartet closed out a swinging first set with a swinging Four or Five Times, Cox's wailin' vocals, Cox's wailin' clarinet, excellent. 

'Deed I Do resumed matters. Yet more excellence. Cox decided to change the set list calling Sonny Boy's Born Blind, in the key of C, said our man. A blues vocal to die for, Archer telling it how it is, Will Sach grabbing a solo. One more time, Born Blind said Cox, superb! I'm Afraid the Masquerade is Over featured pianist Barry, Cox sitting to one side shouting encouragement. Without announcement, accompanied by Barry at the piano, Cox sang Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen. Acknowledging the applause, Yeah, said our man. Tune of the night. That said, Oh, Lady be Good ran it a close second, Cox blowing for all he was worth, urged on by Will Sach: Yeah! Go on! Huge applause!  
Russell

First set list: Do Nothing till You Hear from Me?You Turned the Tables on MeRunnin' WildUpper Street SerenadeBlack Bottom StompFour or Five Times.

Second set list: 'Deed I DoBorn BlindI'm Afraid the Masquerade is OverNobody Knows the Trouble I've SeenNot That OneOh, Lady be Good?

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