JT4tet: Bull's Head's Head Barnes London 20/03/2017
Great to be back back at the Bull's Head Barnes an upmarket boozer that has survived take over bids and closure etc.Thanfully it's still putting on music seven nights a week.Mondays is blues night so it was fitting to see the return of Jon 'T Bone' Taylor and his great little outfit JT4tet take centre stage at this intimate and cosy venue.A mixture of covers and originals from their promising new album was on offer. Jon was on good form as was the crisp and propulsive rhythm section comprising of Pete Miles on drums and Andy Lafone on bass. Consummate keys player and top london jazzer Tim Richards hunkered down with his trusty keyboard emitting great swathes of organ and chunky electric piano.
The blues was on the good foot tonight plenty of fresh sounding tuneage and funked up blessedness a choppy version of that old r&b chestnut, 'Hi Heel Sneakers' with the head played in fourths was a nice touch as was a chicago shuffle version of 'Isn't She Lovely'.Taylor's 'Rhythmalypso' a west indian ditty, in the style of 'St Thomas's' added variety to the evening proving that blues isn't a monolgue but a dialogue. Richards' corker too, 'The Message' which started off in classic Art Blakey style before going all Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday on us - was full of jazzy New Orleans feel and elegance.
Not to be outdone, bassist Lafone proffered his composition into the fray, the Crusaderish 'Inevitability' stamping his imperious authority on measure one with a beautiful chordal bass intro, the soloing throughout the night too, was top notch.This was a fun night relaxed and informal and it was just great to see a soulful grassroots band strutting their funky stuff and firing on all cylinders.
PHOTOS EMRYS BAIRD
Words Emrys Baird