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Review: Remi Harris at the George Hotel in Lichfield

A stage filled with guitars and a room full of people meant that jazz musician Remi Harris’s gig at Lichfield’s George Hotel was a very special evening for music fans.

Remi Harris

Remi Harris

With accompaniment from bassist Mike Green and rhythm guitarist Steve Astin, Harris played through a number of genres, from blues to finger twisting jazz, to flourishes of Django Reinhardt mixed in with songs made famous by the likes of Nat King Cole, Peter Green, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

The evening started with a spirited take on Lennon and McCartney’s Can’t Buy Me Love, which featured dextrous playing from all three members, while a medley of Jimi Hendrix’s Third Stone From the Sun and The Meter’s Cissy Strut showed how much funk could be created by a double bass and two acoustic guitars.

Changing over to ukulele for a cover of Nature Boy by Nat King Cole showed that serious music could be created on an instrument that is often dismissed a joke.

The first half ended with Peter Green’s Need Your Love So Bad, which showed Harris’s subtlety on the electric guitar, effortlessly bending the strings to shake all nuance of emotion out of them.

The second half included more jazz music, while a set closing medley of Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing and Freddie King’s Hideway showed the depth of this young musician’s musical interest.

An encore of Django Reinhardt’s swing classic Tiger Rag allowed for the three musicians to show their knowledge and love for the music of to their best effect.

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