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Review: The Chris Bevington Organisation at the Lichfield Guildhall

Three albums into their career, the nine-piece Chris Bevington Organisation wowed an audience of blues, rock and jazz fans when they played at the Lichfield Guildhall.

The Chris Bevington Organisation

The Chris Bevington Organisation

The band – which consists of bassist Chris Bevington, singers and guitarists Jim Kirkpatrick and Scott Ralph, drummer Neil McCallum, keyboard player Dave Edwards, vocalists Sarah Miller and Kate Robertson, Mike Yorke on Saxophone and Adrian Gibson on trumpet – played a musically diverse set of their own music and well chosen covers that gave solo opportunities to all of the players.

They played music from all of their releases, with special emphasis given to their newest album, Cut and Run.

The gig began with Steve Ray Vaughan’s The House is Rockin’, with its thumping drums and bass, and calmed things down for their own ballad, Daydream, with its Memphis guitars and horn parts giving it the sound and feel of a classic soul song.

Express Train was, unsurprisingly, a faster song, allowing for plenty of frantic guitar work, while Let Me Know was a full throttle jump jive piece.

Despite the title, The Dark Side of Love was a fairly fast blues song, before the full swing and musical interplay of Everyday I have The Blues showed why this standard from the blues songbook has remained so popular.

Things were slowed down drastically for a re-worked version of Prince’s Purple Rain, allowing the harmony vocals of Sarah Miller and Kate Robertson to shine, as well as giving plenty of room for both the guitarists to show all of the emotion they could ring from their strings.

A 15 minute version of Five Long Years – which gave solos to all of the nine players on stage – finished the set and showed the pedigree and the following that this talented ensemble is starting to gather.

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