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GIG-2 Reprise - Paul Booth (Saxes)
with The Tim Dawes Trio

Took Place on 17th August, 2005 with an audience of 80.  Very special thanks to the Paul Booth & The Tim Dawes Trio and those Jazz Fans who were not on holiday and turned up to make this a well attended success - a great night of sonorous sounds. The evening passed all too quickly amid a feast of rewarding solos.
Tenor Saxophonist Paul Booth is very much a rising star at the age of 26, but his career to date is, if anything, more remarkable. Paul has been playing from the age of ten and started to play extensively on the North East jazz scene at the age of l3. The Royal Academy of Music accepted Paul at the age of 15 onto their four-year degree course in jazz from which Paul graduated with honours. Winner of “The Most Promising Jazz Player of the Year Under 21”, judged by John Dankworth and Chris Barber in the televised “Young Jazz Player of the Year” competition when only 16. The following year he was voted “The Best Modern Jazz Player” in the same competition judged by Kenny Ball and Ronnie Scott, who likened his mature impact to that of the young Tubby Hayes decades earlier.
Paul Opened with a Dave Brubeck number - In Your Own Sweet Way
 - followed by The Song is You.
He gave a very tender interpretation of Sir William Walton's - Touch Her Soft Lips and Part - (a title which demands you to conjure with it) - from the Olivier Film of Henry V.
The first set then finished with You and the Night and the Music.

Paul Booth's Website

Second set opened with a Horace Silver composition - The Jody Grind
and moved on to the delightful Kenny Wheeler number - Everybody's Song but my Own.  Speak Low - was performed in a Latin Idiom
then followed by a fine rendition of Hoagy's - Skylark.
To avoid a time over run in the Theatre he finished with an ebullient up-tempo tune of 8 choruses and sent us out into the night duly impressed with his achievements and his highly promising future.

Paul Booth

The Tim Dawes Trio

Tim Dawes - Double Bass
Tim gave some fine rhythmic accompaniment and delivered carefully structured solos from his impossibly angled and ancient String Bass which had been treated to a new set of strings. His modesty conceals a finely honed talent.
Phil Peskett - Piano - is very a very cerebral musician and contributes delicate and pertinent accompaniment with intensely formulated and exciting solos. His highly focused concentration reminded me very much of the late Bill Evans.
Graham has a refreshing approach do his drumming working his cymbals feverishly and surprising us all by playing barefoot - very tactile on the pedals.  He gave a spectacular performance nearly leaping over his kit to the near shock and amusement of the other members of the band.  The Ghost of Keith Moon must have been present.   Discerning members of the audience were very impressed with his technique.  When asked where he wished to place his drum kit - he replied - only amateur drummers grab the centre spot.  Some professional eh!

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