In his writing, Lohning allows plenty of room for the soloists to have their say with their own voice and – often playing understated piano – would at times rise from his place at the keys and direct the band with enthusiasm. His arrangements had the audiences tapping their feet and applauding. A general feeling of happiness and well-being filling the room, particularly after Lohning’s composition in the style of Count Basie, ‘Stand Up and Be Counted’, which concluded the first set.
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One of McGann’s great virtues is his ability to project feeling and indeed raw powerful emotion – and to stimulate the visual imagination – whether he is playing simple or complex lines.
Something about this video made me want to keep listening and listening. I love the way Brendan and Andrew interact. And there’s been a bit of 75th Birthday action for Bernie McGann this year; a lot of talk about his unique sound. Here’s a taste.
I made the mistake of looking out of my window at the bleak wintery night while ‘Good Grief’ was playing and was overwhelmed by the melancholy memories it invoked in me.