Last Tuesday’s concert will go down as one of the most memorable nights the club has had in it’s existence of more than ten years – (am I right about this – can someone with a good memory remember when we started)?
Rico’s Rhythmic Rascals provided an excellent journey through the history of Jazz including some personal recollections from Rico about his time in New Orleans at the age of 10 with his father, Ernie (a well-known clarinettist) and the veteran trumpeter Alvin Acorn. But it was the music that stole the show on Tuesday. Surely this band is one of the best interpreters of early jazz music.
The impeccable Colin Goode was outstanding on piano as was Martin Wheatley on tenor banjo and guitar. A difficult combination at the best of times due to the interpretation of chords, particularly passing chords during and at the end of choruses. They gelled throughout, not getting in each other’s way and ensuring a sound rhythmic platform for Rico himself and the majestic, lyrical reed playing of Trevor Whiting.
Rico himself, as usual, giving an unfettered display of Louis Armstrong-like choruses as well as his scat singing. Apart from the intensity and sheer beauty of the music, the evening was most informative with Rico explaining and demonstrating the different sounds you can get with a variety of trumpet mutes.
THEY WILL BE BACK!
A week on Tuesday (29th) we welcome back another of one of Britains finest trumpet players – Mike Cotton who, apart from being a bandleader from 1960, has played with them all including a twelve year stint with Acker Bilk. Bill’s Demons will be in support with Richard back on the tiller.
Have a good night
Dates for the diary
Tuesday 25th June Mike Cotton with Bill’s Demons
Tuesday 20th August Enrico Tomasso TBC
Tuesday 15th October The Alan Barnes Quartet
Tuesday 12th November The Temperance Seven