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Monday, July 12, 2021

Mike Hall Quartet Live @ the Railway, Stockport - July 11

(Mike Hall (tenor) 2016)

I hadn’t intended to go to the Railway last night as I assumed Mike would cancel due to the England-Italy game but I was wrong.  I got a phone call from my friend Jeff asking me where I was as Mike Hall was about to start his first set.

I jumped into my car and got there in record time due to hardly any traffic and only missed the first tune. The line-up was Mike Hall tenor sax and soprano sax; Ed Harrison double bass, Eryl Roberts drums and instead of the expected Richard Weatherall on piano, his replacement was the excellent Steve Buckley on guitar.

The tunes they played were:  Days of Wine and Roses; Estate; The Song Is You; Superwoman; How Deep is the Ocean?; Groove Merchant; Donna Lee; Embraceable You; Willow Weep for Me;  Secret Love.

Mike always plays at the top of his game and the backing trio were well up to the task. I had not heard the tune Superwoman before. Mike told me he got it from a Phil Woods album.

There was only a handful of listeners in the small jazz room but it was a great night and two old friends turned up, both jazz guitarists so they were highly impressed by Steve Buckley’s playing.

There’s more Jazz at the Railway (JATR) tomorrow night (Tuesday) - Julian Gregory with the Paul Hartley Trio. I will attend.  Mike Farmer

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