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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Joe Webb plays Art Tatum - June 12

(Screenshot by Russell)
Joe Webb (piano); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Sach (double bass)

It was in November last year when pianist Joe Webb's trio featuring guitarist Dave Archer and bassist Will Sach played a storming Art Tatum session at Kansas Smitty's. Fast forward to a glorious summer's afternoon in Joe's kitchen and there they were - Joe, Dave and Will - reprising their memorable London set. For the most part the set list mirrored the Kansas Smitty's performance. From I Got Rhythm to Flying Homethis was gob-smacking stuff.       

Highlights? Honestly, the one hour set was one long highlight. Joe's amazing technique, Dave's classy rhythmic accompaniment, Will's great sound and sense of time, these are three musicians at the top of their game. A dazzling Cocktails for TwoI Would do Anything for YouSoft Winds (Dave in a blues vein), Dave soloing impressively on I Know That You Know, smiles all round, they were having fun. The effortless swing-feel to On the Sunny Side of the Street, Joe's lightness of touch, Will's resonant sound, what a treat! And to close a marvellous set, Flying Home, and boy, did they fly?!        

A superb set. And here's the good news, Joe and the boys will be taking their Art Tatum show on the road in August, calling in at Newcastle's Lit & Phil on Friday 20th and Saltburn Arts in the evening! Whatever you do, don't miss these concerts, they'll be spoken about for years to come.
Russell
 
Set list: I Got RhythmCocktails for TwoI Ain't Got NobodyAfter You've GoneDeep PurpleI Would do Anything for YouMoonglowTea for TwoLizaHoneysuckle RoseI Know That You KnowIf I Had YouSoft WindsOn the Sunny Side of the StreetFlying Home.        
 

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