Review of The John O’Leary / Alan Glen All Stars
The Back To The Flamingo Club
At The Bull’s Head, Barnes London
Translated from the Dutch:
ALAN GLEN - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
JOHN O'LEARY - Vocals, Harmonica
Glynn Evans - Bass
Papa George - Vocal, Guitar
Bob Hokum – Vocal, Guitar
Ali Maas - Vocals
Ali McKenzie - Vocals
Peter Miles - Drums
Nick Newall - Sax
Tim Penn - Keyboard
Andy Twyman – Vocal, Guitar
Alan Vincent – Guitar
Every last Monday of the month, the blues and R & B enthusiast can enjoy a great evening in the Bull's Head, for over fifty years known in jazz circles.
"Back to the Flamingo " is the musical motto of this Monday evening, of course, a reference to the legendary music and dance club The Flamingo, where live bands of high quality played such as ... Zoot Money and Georgie Fame, they started it all, like blues and rock - oriented artists at The Marquee.
Alan Glen and John O'Leary form the spindle. Alan Glen (guitar, vocals, harmonica) you will know of Nine Below Zero and a reincarnation of The Yardbirds, John O'Leary (vocals and harmonica) his credits include Savoy Brown. The Guests of The All Stars may vary, but tonight features the creative Peter Miles on drums, the rock-solid Glynn Evans on bass, the sparkling Tim Penn on the keys and the improvising Nick Newall on sax. Guitarist Alan Vincent for me is a new member. Perhaps not a house - hold names, but all have a long track record of creating great music. Nick Newall played with Zoot Money and the Kinks, among others. Peter Miles drum credits include Jo-Ann Kelly, Rocket 88 and Jack Bruce.
You can enjoy something different every month at The Bull's Head, because there are always different guests joining the band.
Tonight's set began with John O'Leary ' Young - Fashioned Ways, "" Drifting Blues "and" Walking Blues ". It was then the turn of Ali Maas, a singer who leads her own group. Ali Maas is always rocking, her head and long hair in all directions shaking. 'Hound Dog' is cut out for her style; you can also detect influences of Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin and Big Mama Thornton.
Papa George climbs on the stage for an unexpected but clever version of T-Bone Shuffle. He's a great slide guitarist with his own songs catalog. Then Andy Twyman - a newcomer shows his talent. Actually, his acoustic blues is not devoid of humor. A great talent, he played Classics like " Shame, Shame, Shame " and, ' Little Red Rooster '. Keep an eye on him.
John O'Leary also opened the second set, with Alan Glen engaging in his well - aimed R & B guitar playing. The next guest is another veteran; Bob Hokum has a thundering guitar with lots of showmanship. Anyway, Ali Maas is again of service and with her " I Just Wanna Make Love To You” my rock joy does only increase.
I look forward to the last guest Ali McKenzie of The Birds, the English Bird’s with Ron Wood and Kim Gardner, his voice is still intact. Perfect for R & B. McKenzie also swings as the best and with 'Hoochie Coochie Man' and " Rock Me Baby " to finish.
To the Glen O'Leary All Stars McKenzie, Newall, Thanks
In this world of pure commerce, it is pleasant to know that talented and confident artists give the best of themselves in pure pleasure. We should also thank once Peter Feenstra. You know him as the author of numerous sleeve notes and as editor and CD boxes (including the Family), but “Back to the Flamingo” is his Great idea and organization.
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