For one night, on Thursday April 28th 2016, we became the Brisbane Anything-But-Jazz Club when The Outro delivered what they describe as ‘a unique combination of epic blues, rock, film music and funk’.
The four talented musicians and life-long friends that make up this classy, classic rock/blues outfit are Tim Gaze on guitar and lead vocal, Glen Muirhead on keyboards, Jon Carson on drums and Chris Gilbert on bass. They were supported, and often driven, by the powerful bluesy guest vocals of Bridget O’Donoghue and Annette Henry.
Having heard the band at sound-check, I advised the audience, as part of the intro to The Outro, that they would be well advised to strap themselves in. This band is about to blow you out of your seats!! And indeed they did.
The first set included sweeping Santana-like riffs and soulful blues vocals from Tim and a sometimes screaming, sometimes ethereal keyboard from Glen, while Jon and Chris kept it all humming from the back. Bridget and Annette stepped up with great vocals on songs such as a cruisy blues version of Elvis’ ‘Viva Las Vegas’ and a thumping delivery of ‘Mojo Working’.
In their second set, the band shared the inspiration for the name, The Outro, as they played songs from the eponymous CD that they were at the Jazz Club to launch. These were songs of contemplation about the loss of many former musician friends. It was, in their own words, ‘a mind-bending musical exploration of love, life, death and the outer limits’.
One of those memorable songs was ‘Yonder’, written to honour the memory of the late Mick Hadley, and dedicated on the night to his wife Lyn, who was in the audience.
While this was not jazz, it was the Brisbane Jazz Club taking the opportunity to share its stage with musicians who have played with Australia’s best, including Keith Urban, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, James Reyne, Russell Morris, Jim Keays, Brian Cadd, Stevie Wright, Renee Geyer, Rose Tattoo, Ariel,Wendy Matthews, Troy Cassar-Daley, Jenny Morris, Jon English and Kevin Borich.
If you were there, you got to unstrap yourself at the end of the night, after a memorable evening spent punching along with the rock and oozing along with blues.
If you weren’t there, sorry you missed it.