Gig Review: A Transatlantic Jazz Guitar Special
Itâ€™s no surprise to walk into a jazz gig and hear a noisy, disrespectful audience chatter over musicians performing. Tonight, however, was different.
In a small old-fashioned real ale pub in Huddersfield, a quiet audience had gathered together to witness American jazz guitarist Howard Alden, perform with Englandâ€™s own Adrian Ingram. The two guitarists were joined by the young Mike Monument on bass and Andy Wallis on sax.
The set kicked off with an enjoyable rendition of Parkerâ€™s classic blues â€˜Billieâ€™s Bounceâ€™. Andyâ€™s pleasant and mellow tone complimented the warm sound of the two guitars creating a relaxed and swinging atmosphere that set the mood for the rest of the gig.
One highlight was an up-tempo quirky harmonization of â€˜Bernieâ€™s Tuneâ€™ where instead of taking individual solos, Howard and Adrian traded lines together which was like two old friends exchanging conversation.
Howard engaged the audience with a blistering solo rendition of â€˜Nagasakiâ€™, and a beautiful obscure Barney Kessel ballad, â€˜I Remember Djangoâ€™. Â The low â€˜Aâ€™ string on his custom 7 string Bendetto filled out the sound wonderfully.
Before inviting the full band up again, Howard and Adrian played a duet; Jerome Kernâ€™s â€˜Yesterdaysâ€™. Or at least I thought it was, until Adrian (who was playing the tune) introduced the theme of the appropriately titled â€˜Alone Togetherâ€™ a few bars after.
Adrianâ€™s bop and blues based licks combined with Howardâ€™s laid back melodic playing catered for all tastes. What more could a jazz guitar fan ask for?
Check out the audio recording of ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ from the gig
Howard and Adrian duetting
Â Â Â Â Â Â Set List
- Billie’s Bounce
- My Romance
- Scrapple From The Apple
- In A Sentimental Mood
- The Way You Look Tonight
- On The Sunny Side of The Street
- Yardbird Suite
- Bernie’s Tune
- Solo Guitar Medley
- Alone Together
- Making Whoppee
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