24th Feb 2018
The usual suspects appeared at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday for a run through of the same old tired and hackneyed material that pre dates the construction of the Pyramids of Giza or is it Stone Henge?
Newcomer Adrien put on a good show on the drums. Other drummers sighted in action included Michael, Bill and the ever swinging Andre.
Your humble scribe started on the piano keyboard and then moved to guitar only to be promoted by the Captain to the engine house of time and rhythm which is Electric Bass. Peter also played bass as did a newcomer whose name has gone from my mind completely.
Other Guitarists included Neil, Fermin and Sir Not appearing in this report.
A welcome visit and performance on piano from Ted Woollan was noteworthy. There were a number of Saxophonists about including the Captain of chaos, John Calamata and Keef.
A bit of relief from crusty ancient show tunes and pre Dixie land cliches came in the shape of a version of the Miles Davis modal piece “ Milestones” with Malcolm on piano, what ‘s his face on trumpet and thingamybob on lead whatchamacallit.
Warblers were on hand to warble into microphones like or not! and they included that geezer who led us through a boomper boomper version of “Every day I have the blues” which was refreshing in as much as it was an up tempo shuffle with a driving beat rather than a flaccid 120 BPM swing standard.
Female warblers were not far away with Chloe and Suzie and others trotting out the stuff that female singers usually select for jazz jam material, such as the Korean song of lost love: “Cly me a Libber” just in time for the end of the Winter Olympics in Korea. All songs were well sung by some very presentable lassies but with no musical surprises there, sorry.
I suspect that while I am off bushwalking, XC skiing or surfing the good Hard Bop, Be Bop and Fusion tunes and charts get a work out and when I turn up the old war horses from before 1925 AD are dragged out yet again. Talk about flogging a dead horse but we will flog it yet again so see you all there on Sunday next week.