Sunday, 8 January 2017

When you don't mind feeling old


A night of pub jazz when I was among the oldest people in the room. And the room was packed.

Jazz is in good hands - the band was Alex and Tom Ridout, Noah Stoneman, Rod Oughton and Joe Boyle (and a guest appearance from the more mature Dave Keech). They're all less than half my age and I really didn't mind.

They're also better players than I am. Don't mind that either.

It was so good to have to fight a path around the bar of one of Hitchin's oldest and coolest pubs, The Highlander. Lots of bright young things and if some of them talked a little too much during the gig, there's worse things. They were obviously loving the music.

#jazzlife

Friday, 30 December 2016

One of my top tracks from 2016

The fabulous Kandace Springs with one of my favourite tracks, written with Coltrane in mind and beautifully recorded originally by him.

This version includes the scrumptious trumpet of Terence Blanchard. He's done some great work this year and my ear seems drawn to the trumpet recently, with other players including Theo Croker and Farnell Newton. Oh, and Guy Barker, of course.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Hitchin's famous black squirrels

So pleased to see this pair of black squirrels this morning. Also pleased the dog missed them.


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Just because it's invisible, doesn't mean it's gone

There's a house in this fog at the bottom of the field.

There's also a chunk of Bedfordshire away in the distance.

You can usually see for miles from the top of this field but just because the fog is thick doesn't mean the world has disappeared.

That's a metaphor, that is. And a beautiful shot of sunshine trying to break through.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

A weekend of listening to old friends

I may have found my favourite album of 2016 - review to come in due course.

Meanwhile, Sunday night meant Guy Barker's Big Band with friends at the Royal Albert Hall. Another review on its way.

[Update]: click here for the review