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Hard Lines gig at the Vic: 22 June 2010 By Mike Murphy

A new combination of familiar faces played their first gig at the Vic on 22 June, with Andrew Leachman and George Jury on saxes, Gabor Tolnay on piano, Brett Holland on bass guitar and Chris Pearson on drums making up Hard Lines – a name some of you will have heard before around town.

They began by launching into a tight yet fluently relaxed rendition of Blues In The Closet followed by the bossa number, Nadalin, signalling to those present that we were going to be treated to an evening of top quality jazz by a band who all play great solos and know how to work well with others. The first set included another bossa in the form of Recardo Bossa, a couple of standards Hello Young Lovers and My Secret Love  performed in unexpected arrangements and finished with a flourish with the up-tempo Porky by Cannonball Adderley. The second set began with Killer Joe and Theme For Eulipions, the latter with a great vocal solo from Andrew, and ended with Chris Bailey joining the band on flugelhorn for Watermelon Man.

During the second break, Andrew let slip that the third set, which featured Chris Bailey while George took a break, was unrehearsed yet nobody would have guessed from the way they hammered into the driving military tempo of Blues March. Andrew gave more clues a couple of numbers later by audibly giving instructions to the band regarding the pattern to be followed for Blues For Erin with something like, Its ABAB and then there are six bars of etc. etc. Got it? Again, we would not have otherwise guessed that it was unrehearsed.

Great to have George back, great to have a line-up of such good musicians and great to have such an excellent evening of jazz.