At the start of the night, I asked the band if they were ready to go on. The reply was quick and smiling; ‘Go on? Dude, we are about to go OFF!!’
And that is exactly what they did, this band of great musicians; Aaron West on guitar and vocals, Will Sargisson on keys, Greg Lyon on bass and vocals, Dave Sanders on drums, Tony Buchanan, a guest from Melbourne, on tenor sax, and guest vocalist, Dean Gray.
This was a night of soulful, funky blues and R&B. Supported by Greg Lyon’s bluesy vocals, Aaron’s delivery of songs such as ‘Superman Lover’ and ‘Help Me Somebody’ stirred the soul, moved the heart and forced a tap out of the toes. As did Aaron’s own songs, such as‘She’s So Fine’, from a soon-to-be released new album, recorded in New York and currently being mastered in Germany.
A highlight was the self-penned ‘The Gecko That Lives In My Car’, which featured a clever little guitar riff, sounding just like a gecko chirping on the back seat.
Dean Gray provided lead vocal on a powerful rendition of John Cleary blues, ‘When She Gets Back’ and brought his silky smooth soul to Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On?’.
There was funk rock too, in the crowd-pleasing delivery of Little Richard favourites, ‘Lucille’ and ‘Rip It Up’.
A nod to the Jazz in the BJC’s name came in the form of creamy cool renditions of ‘Please don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone’ and ‘Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby’.
When the band did actually go off (the stage), at the end of the night, they did so to much appreciative applause, including mine. Come back soon guys!!