Monday, January 29, 2007

Club Sporadic... Saturday 27th January, 2007...
































A chaotic, sprawling night at the Club Sporadic - with some surprises... The featured band Hulot played a short, sharp twenty minutes or so, echoes maybe of the Gang of Four in the harsh trebly Strat and the Three Johns – with regard to the drum machine – yet a fresh sound and this first gig showed few hiccups– they have their own vision, went down a storm and are booked back here again in March... Frank Marmion played a great set – acoustic folk with inept keyboards from yours truly who was still recovering from a late night after the Pete Morton gig – Frank managed to override my vision of integrating electronics into his music and went down well. (I will get it right, Frank, honest...). Plexus played their usual long pieces in duo form and later with Murray to bring us up to strength. Hard to review your own music – I know my head was elsewhere and we were all a trifle, shall we say, jaded. But some interesting stuff in there – that's the gamble of free improvisation, after all. Towards the end of the night we were joined by various members of the audience who got up to play... Not one of Plexus's best nights maybe – but band, singers and audience, were great and created a good atmosphere all evening... ending with impromptu dancing to some traditional jazz courtesy of DJ Whitedog, who laced the usual eclectic ambiance (tonight moving from Ornette's Prime Time to Chris McGregor and the Blue Notes via Charles Mingus and some weirder noise) with some Muggsy Spanier and Sidney Bechet... and James Brown... get down!



4 comments:

Peter said...

sounds like an interesting night. i know what you mean about sometimes feeling jaded or lacking focus while you're playing. but sometimes the music kind of works despite that; it has an existence all of its own - i bet you sounded loads better than you thought. you should put some mp3s up!

Rod... said...

...the night was so chaotic that I forgot to record anything... but I think someone else did... would be interesting to play back... maybe!

Simon said...

I think Chris Macauley on Bass for Hulot was fantastic...cos he's me bruvver :-)

Rod... said...

glad you enjoyed it...I thought they were both good... (rod - no relation)... nothing wrong with a bit of nepotism... anyway, they're coming back soon so hope to see you there...