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Ian Bloxsom Trio

The Power Of Three

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Package: Audio CD, Jewel Case with 4 page booklet
Total Running Time: 71'58"

Ian Bloxsom - Drums; Ashley Turner - Bass; Peter Locke - Piano. With archival photos by Geoff Dauth, liner notes by Ian Bloxsom

The first real trio I played in was at Tommy's nightclub in Brisbane, Queensland in the early 1960's. Stan Walker was the leader and piano player, Billy Boon played the bass. Tommy's was open six nights a week and the band hours were 9pm till 2am. The place was always packed from the time the pubs closed at 10pm, with people from all walks of life who wanted to stay out late, for whatever reason.

We played to lawyers, doctors and all sorts of professional people; merchant seamen from the ships that tied up in the Brisbane River to unload cargo from all over the world;sailors from the Australian, British, French, New Zealand and United States navies; soldiers from the Australian army; students, criminals, coppers, hookers, husbands and housewives. There were nightly fights, furniture smashing and many other diversions of that nature - a total uproar. The piano was a small upright with no amplification, the bass had no amp either and gut strings.

 

 

Previously, whenever I had played in a trio to back a singer or for functions such as weddings, the pianist would say: “just play brushes" or some such instruction designed to keep the drummer strictly subdued. When I joined Stan Walker's Trio however, Stan's instruction was: "I like the drums really loud". He didn't want to do battle with a large room full of drunks without plenty of help from the other members of the trio. Finally, I was in a situation where I was not only allowed but also encouraged to make a positive contribution of my own.

When an offer arose in 2003 to take a band into the Randwick Rugby Club I thought of Stan Walker and his idea of the power trio. I had admired the playing of both Peter Locke and Ashley Turner for some time, not only because of their fine musicianship but for their ability to "do the gig" no matter what the situation. Here was an opportunity for the three of us to "do the gig" in a different way, with plenty of solo space for all three players.

This studio recording from September 2004 is as close to "Live At The Rugby Club" as you could get, but if you weren't lucky enough to be there, here is a typical set you would have enjoyed. I.B.

 


BBM001: IAN BLOXSOM TRIO - THE POWER OF THREE
Tk. Title Composer Length
30" Preview
WMA
MP3
1.
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face Loewe 5:51
2.
Falling In Love With Love Rogers 7:11
3.
Ghost Of A Chance Young/Crosby/Washington 8:19
4.
Gone With The Wind Magidson/Wrubel 5:28
5.
Don't Be That Way Goodman/Sampson 8:05
6.
Lush Life Strayhorn 2:27
7.
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) Ellington/Webster 7:15
8.
What Is This Thing Called Love Porter 5:15
9.
You Go To My Head Gillespie/Coots 6:38
10.
Our Consolations To Felix Mendelssohn arr. Ian Bloxsom Trio 5:19
11.
Caravan Tizol/Ellington 4:37
12.
I'm Glad There Is You Madeira/J. Dorsey 5:04


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