John Hallam & Remi Harris Trio

John Hallam with Remi Harris Trio

Some combinations of musicians are very listenable, while others leave you with euphoria and a feeling that you want more. Such is the combination of the Remi Harris trio with reed player John Hallam. If you had expected a couple of hours of gypsy jazz plus tenor and clarinet added, then you would have been disappointed. Of course there was some, but there was also a range of great American songbook right through to bop—complete with stories about the music, back in the day. So we were regaled with compositions by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli alongside music written by Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. Remi once told me that this was what he enjoyed, being able to play hot club jazz one minute and then introduce some of Parker’s bebop straight afterwards. Couple all that with first class repartee from both leaders and an extremely supportive bass and rhythm guitar it was an evening of jazz which will be foremost in a lot memories for quite some time to come.