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The jam session review for 9th July 2023

Carruthers got it wrong last week - again... this session sparkled from end to end. The Good Captain was happy, the crowd was happy, good grief even Penny was happy, and the music swung hard all arvo.

Topped by five pianists - the Curtis, Luxmore, and Hornby, joined by meself and vocal coach Darren. Opening the innings, Serge on double bass did his best to incinerate the bass amp, failed in that endeavour, and looked a little startled to be playing with just three guitarists, in the opening highly rehearsed guitar only set. It got better later on...

Martin and Mark shared drum duties all arvo, giving a percussive accent to an overall sound that was at times a bit.... loud.

It all got better... Mike the Pom from Scotland the best of the guitarists, cunningly got up later; then Jane, Deb, Annie, newcomer Elly (Cry Me A River), Lisbeth and Anthony all sang - gee, these guys are getting better too...

John Calamatta was his usual immaculate self (soundwise) and Mike and the Keefster played sax and clarinet. Perhaps the clarinet should get pick of the day - but it was shaded by a blindingly smooth Pat Metheny tune Always and Forever, with the Good Captain soloing over a Hornby accompaniment,Tony Luxmore on bass. Best instrumental in quite a while...

All up, eighteen musos made for a rowdy and jolly session. Carruthers, ever the worrier, need not have worried at all .

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