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Bicks Bag by Bill Mays Neil Swainson and Terry Clarke

One of the great mysteries of a working band is that some nights are better than others. The factors that contribute to such a state may be myriad and yet elusive, depending as much on the band as the audience. It may be that the bartender is having a good night and every Rusty Nail served is smoky and perfect. Or maybe it is payday for a majority of the patrons. Whatever the causes, when that perfect storm hits, you don’t want to be anywhere else but that room.

Bick’s Bag by the trio of Bill Mays (piano), Neil Swainson (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums) captures a night when everything was going right. From the opening gospel style stomp of the title track to the wry and lovely hush cast by Paul Simon’s "I Do It For Your Love" the band is in the pocket, obviously prodded on by their own fine efforts. The crystal clear quality of the recording also features an enthusiastic audience at the Montreal Bistro and Jazz Club, not shy about showing their approval and inserting themselves into the performances.

It is our good fortune that such a night was pinned down on tape before it could fragment and float away in only the memories of those in the club that night.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bill Mays Neil Swainson and Terry Clarke
  • CD Title: Bicks Bag
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Triplet
  • Rating: Three Stars
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