Thoughts on Blue Spirit, John Etheridge’s Trio on 26 January 2022

I have had lots going on at home, so I have just got around to writing about this delicious gig. So this will be a short one from me.

We had John Etheridge on just one guitar but a load of stomp boxes (up high on a music stand, finger stomp). On organ was Pete Whittaker, and George Double was on drums. This trio has lots of history, and they knew each other well. It was the three people, one mind thing. And this while having a huge amount of fun, as did the lovely audience.

The funky bluesy programme was all a delight, and John’s chat was great fun as always I am going to finish off with a set list of the programme written by Steve Jordan, for which much thanks.

Take care



Set list:

  1. Careless Love (W.C. Handy/Spencer Williams)

Best known by Madeleine Peyroux’s version

  1. Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael/Stuart Gorrell)

Best known by Ray Charles’ version

  1. Secret Love (Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster)

Best known by Doris Day’s versionfrom Calamity Jane , later covered by Kathy Kirby

  1. Broken Hill (John Etheridge)

Best known from Soft Machine era

  1. Cold cold heart (Hank Williams)
  1. Do Like Eddie (John Scofield) Dedicated to Eddie Harris

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  1. God Bless The Child (Billie Holliday & Arthur Herzog Junior)
  1. Msunduza (Abdullah Ibrahim)

Performed when Ibrahim was with Dollar Brand

  1. First Moves (Sonny Rollins)
  1. 10.Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (Stevie Wonder)

Best known by Jeff Beck’s performance on ‘Blow by Blow’ but also performed by Syreeta on ‘Stevie Wonder presents Syreeta’

  1. 11.Sealed with a Kiss (Peter Udell and Gary Geld)

Best known by Brian Hyland

  1. 12.Wabash III (John Scofield)
  1. 13.Distant Voice (John Etheridge)
  1. 14.ENCORE: I’m Going Home (To See My Baby) (Gene Vincent) 
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  1. A minor correction to no. 8 in the set list: Dollar Brand was Abdullah Ibrahim’s name before he converted to Islam in 1968. He and the members of his band, the Dollar Brand Trio, were from Cape Town, South Africa. Like many jazz musicians in South Africa at that time, they experienced harassment from the apartheid government and left for America.

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