Monday 13 June 2016 Max Emmons and One More Time returned for their second visit to Griffin Park Jazz Club in 2016 with another varied set from their huge repertoire of Classic jazz with some surprises as well as more familiar sounds. As ever with their selections, we learned that many of the great standards of later years had their roots in 1920’s and 30’s original scores. We heard well known titles like Blues Skies, Maria Elena, She’s Funny That Way, Them There Eyes and Lady Be Good, and other tunes that sounded familiar but their titles were less so…
Max Emmons – Trumpet and vocals
Peter Smith – Alto Sax and Clarinet
John Lee – Tenor Saxophone
Damian Murphy – Electric Piano
Ken Ames – Double Bass
Dave ‘Pumphouse’ Evans – Drums
The band started with Wingy Manone’s Tar Paper Stomp which was the tune that In The Mood (Glenn Miller, Joe Loss bands) was taken from, and then Pete Aquila’s Cuba Pete which became a standard mambo for Edmundo Ross’ Orchestra. Then a mixture of jazz and blues followed which ranged from Original Dixieland JB’s Royal Garden Blues from 1919 to the 1958 Laurence Whelk Tivoli Melody (Lady of Calcutta) , and the 1960’s revivalist Kid Thomas (Still playing at 91!) foot stomper Kid Thomas Boogie Woogie.
One song that was repeated from the last time we saw the band was the Trixie Smith and Sydney Bechet Freight Train Blues, this time with club regular (and Bees Fan!) John Habes joining in on his Harmonica with a Train Whistle bluesy solo.
The old Duke Ellington favourite It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing was followed by a lovely version of the 1931 Johnny Green and Bing Crosby recorded ballad Out of Nowhere which featured a superb and and melodic tenor saxophone solo by John Lee (guesting in place of Mike Pointon’s trombone).
To bring the evening to a close, singalong Wrap Your troubles in Dreams, and Jug Band Blues standard Corrine Corrina (recorded by everyone from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Cab Calloway) was followed by the 1928 Jimmy Noone New Orleans stomper Four or Five Times which was a rousing finale.
Many thanks to John Habes for this great write up.
One More Time can be seen every Tuesday at The Brewery Tap in Brentford. On 2nd July they are also appearing at the riverside pub and restaurant Bell and Crown in Thames Road, Strand-On-The-Green , Chiswick.
John Habes’ band Crawdaddy also have 2 gigs in July: Fri 22nd at the Six Bells Brentford and Fri 29th at the Barley Mow in Shepperton