Rebop Minus 1 – Tenor Madness at Jazznights Clare Sunday 12th December 2010

Rebop minus 1  – Tenor Madness featured the tenor saxophones of Kevin Flanagan & Colin Watling with Chris Ingham (piano), Andy Brown (bass) & Jazznights 180410 (4)Roger Odell (drums).

Rebop is a jazz repertory aggregation specialising in the arcane art of bebop and related music. Formed originally as a quintet to examine the repertoire of the modern jazz explosion circa 1944-1949

Rebop specialises in the innovative and exhilarating modern jazz that flowered in the mid-1940s in the hands of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and other great jazzmen. Rebop Minus One are:

Kevin Flanagan comes from Lowell MA, USA. He has been involved in jazz and blues, both recording and performing. He settled in the UK Kevin Flanagan Rebop Jazznights 180410 (7)in 1985, playing with his own group and with musicians such as Dick Morrissey, Alan Barnes, Gerard Precenser, and Dave Cliff. He has made two successful CDs with Chris Ingham as the Flanagan-Ingham Quartet.
Colin Watling specialises in tenor sax and colin watling 2004offers the full gamut of musical styles in his performances from soft and mellow, through to boppy and brassy….. and always in great humour. Colin is rated by many as one of the most exciting tenor saxophonists on the circuit with his melodic, swinging sound.
Chris Ingham trained as a drama teacher at Warwick University before succumbing to the music, he played guitar in misunderstood art ‘n’ b combo The Locomotives and was pianist/vocalist in the Flanagan Ingham Quartet who released two albums (Zanzibar and Textile Lunch) and were described by The Observer as ‘one of Britain’s most original bands’. He is jazz piano and jazz voice tutor at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge As an erstwhile music journalist he has contributed to Mojo magazine since 1996 and has publishedRebopGallery13 three books; Billie Holiday, Rough Guide to the Beatles, and Rough Guide to Frank Sinatra.
Andrew James Brown is a minister of religion working in Cambridge UK inspired by the thinking of Epicurus, Lucretius, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Bloch, Wittgenstein and Heidegger and is a University Chaplain to Cambridge University, Anglia Ruskin University and a Police Chaplain for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary as well as being a highly respected professional jazz double-bass RogeratTheBellplayer.
Roger Odell was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day

Unfortunately due to our ill health we unable to attend this much awaited gig but with the help of Norman – a Jazznights stalwart and great supporter the following notes run through the nights program.

larraine_odell_croppedResident Jazznights songbird opened the evening with three love;y songs namely:
The 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein song – It Might As Well Be Spring, Bill Evan’s Some Other Time and I’m Old Fashioned, a 1942 song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer. Larraine was accompanied by Chris Ingham (piano) Andy Brown (double bass) and Roger Odell (drums). All arrangements were by Roger Odell

REBOP opened their set with Duke Ellington’s Cottontail  his famous 1940’s band with Jimmy Blanton on bass and Ben Webster on tenor sax recorded it on May 4, 1940. Arthur Arthur Schwarz’s 1932 Alone Together followed, both tenors getting full shares of the solos. A Ben Webster style version of Hank Mobley’s This I Dig Of You was again very wildly praised.

Clifford Brown’s Lover Man  was then followed by Vernon Duke’s 1934 Autumn In New York which many of us associate with Charlie Parker 1946 recording. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s Anthropology was next. All the Things You Are followed which was a song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II. Again this tune is associated with Charlie Parker who was quoted as saying this song had his favourite lyrics. He used to call it "YATAG" which is an acronym for the lines "you are the angel glow" in the "B" part of the tune

The final number was an own composed medley of blues which although not officially titled, they just call B Flat Blues

This ended a wonderful evening by all – alas this did not include myself and that felt even worse when I read the great play list – thank you Norman.

There will not be a Jazznight on Sunday 26th December for obvious seasonal reasons but The Milan born Tommaso Starace, the  alto saxophonist’s star will be featured with the Jazznights Trio on Sunday 9th January 2011

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