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Live At the 606

by The John East Project

Melodic vocal jazz with great solos driven along by the distinctive Hammond organ sound
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Comin' Home Baby (Live)
3:02 $1.50
2. Señor Blues (Live)
5:45 $1.50
3. Here's to Life (Live)
5:15 $1.50
4. All the Way (Live)
4:48 $1.50
5. Wave (Live)
3:08 $1.50
6. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy / God Bless the Child (Live)
5:54 $1.50
7. I Love Being Here With You (Live)
3:31 $1.50
8. Blues for Steve (Live)
5:12 $1.50
9. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Live)
4:16 $1.50
10. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live)
3:43 $1.50
11. Vinyl (Live)
4:17 $1.50
12. Your Mind Is On Vacation (Live)
5:03 $1.50
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Album Notes
Steve Rubie's liner notes

John East’s love for the music has been evident over the many years that I have known him. Not only a great Jazz enthusiast, however, John is also a successful corporate financier, whose practical assistance to the Club has been invaluable. But he also has another string to his bow, as a Jazz Hammond organ player, which led me to suggest that he might like to do a gig at the Club sometime. John’s response was typically enthusiastic and he immediately set about organising a band. His first choice was bassist Neville Malcolm, a wonderful player who includes work with the likes of “Incognito” and Tom Jones on a stellar cv and is a musician I admire enormously. Next was Mark Fletcher, a brilliant world class drummer, as his work with the likes of Liane Carroll, Dizzy Gillespie and Michel LeGrand shows. I recommended an old friend on guitar and the John East Project was born.

The gig was excellent, everyone loved it and regular dates soon followed. Over the following months the guitarist dropped out and the terrific Carl Orr (formerly with Billy Cobham) was drafted in; shortly after that two horn players were added to complete the line up that you hear on this CD, which was recorded live at the Club. The music is swinging and compelling. John’s vocals on a mix of songs from up-tempo Blues to gentle ballads are sensitive and to the point and the playing is universally impressive. The horn section, with Max Grunhard’s searing alto sax a great counterpoint to the beautiful tone and lovely melodic lines of trumpeter Scott Baylis (who also pops up on piano) is thoughtfully crafted. Carl’s incisive guitar lines sparkle and the rhythm section swings mightily, demonstrating exactly why Mark and Neville are considered to be amongst the best in Europe. And not forgetting the Hammond organ driven by John, prodding and guiding, an ever present but never overbearing force that comes into its own most notably on the instrumental blues, highlighting the jazz credentials of this excellent band.

This is a lovely album and one to savour for the individual contributions as well as the impressive sum of the parts. So should you see a dapper, middle aged gent with a constant smile and friendly manner making his way to work in the City don’t jump to conclusions; it could be a fine Jazz organist on his way to his day job…..Enjoy.

Steve Rubie
London 2012

John East's notes

You may think that this is a little late to be making a debut album and you’d be right. But professional life went in a different direction and it wasn’t until Steve Rubie of the 606 Club nudged me a few times, that I thought about forming a band again and this is the result. Thanks are due to many people. Firstly to Steve, without whom none of this would have happened; to the musicians in the band, Mark, Neville, Carl, Max and Scott ¬- thanks for your great musicianship and for all the fun; to Chris Lewis for getting such a great sound onto the recording; to “Chalky” Whyte for the photos; to Robin Springall for the artwork and CD replication; and to my great friend Paul Bailey, for his invaluable help with the entire project. And finally, to you for listening to this album. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

John East - Hammond Organ and vocals
Mark Fletcher - drums
Neville Malcolm - double bass
Carl Orr - Guitar
Max Grunhard - alto saxophone
Scott Baylis - trumpet, flugelhorn and piano

Recorded at the 606 Club, Chelsea, London SW10 on 13 July 2011
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Lewis.
Produced by Paul Bailey and John East.
Photography by “Chalky” Whyte.
Artwork by Robin Springall
Made and printed in England by Repeat Performance Multimedia, London W5.

"Vocalist and Hammond player East leads a fine band"..........Time Out
"East and the band brought the house down".............City AM
"I don't just like the CD - I bloody LOVE it!".............Award winning acclaimed jazz artist Liane Carroll



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