Not much to add to my earlier review, really. Except to say that they are even better with an audience. Best quality musicianship, great grooves and good feel.
Roger dealt out a funky solo, working over his own sequences and playing some exceptional high passages. Joachim delivered a polished solo replete with wizardry and japes, eventually bursting into his own splendid variant of Art Blakey’s heavenly groove from Night in Tunisia. Jules’ guitar playing was staggering with every delicious delicacy in place and plenty of stabbing and soaring (and some good wrenching, too). John’s harp playing was superb, and he obviously enjoyed a properly appreciative audience (which we all were). Lorna guested again bringing equal proportions of silk and smoke to the microphone.
The friend I had invited had spent the morning fixing a deal at CD UK having to listen to tiresome teenie music. The JOB lifted his exhaustion clean away. A splendid time was had by all. And congratulations to The Running Horse for being the perfect place to see a band — good acoustics and a great atmosphere.
19 October 2005
Dick Heckstall-Smith tribute in June. His solos ignite like a sparkling fuse and explode like a sky-full of fireworks. Jules was paired by his co-guitarist in Funkydory, Marc Le Guerrannic. Now, I was sure that a talent like Jules’s would have to be unique, so it was a joy and a wonder to see another player with the same level of technique and assurance, and most importantly feel. They swapped solos with both intensity and individuality.
If you want to hear how it should be done, listen to drummer Joachim Greve and bassist Roger Innis providing the immaculate rhythm section. Joachim can tell a radamacue from a paradiddle in the dark with both eyes closed, and he keeps them elegantly in their proper places. The six-string bass of Roger Innis is the lynch-pin of the band, smoothly egging every solo further.
All this to a tiny and mainly jaded audience. Imagine what they’ll be like when you see them with an enthusiastic crowd. Better yet, don’t imagine it, go and see them!
22 July 2005