Bobby Gebert and I did a Wednesday night at the Soup Plus for a while; with John Morrison on drums and sometimes the great Craig Scott or Jimmy Nana on bass. Standards mostly, bop tunes and some of Bobby’s originals. Joe Lane and Bobby Scott would sit in, scatting. “Dweeee do waaay doo way do wee dop. Oo bop shbamm a glooga mop”. To hear Joe stretch-out, was a minefield. Amazing solos night after night, created with such genius, mostly beyond our imaginations. Joe could also be a pain in the arse between songs, changing the tune four times before he was happy. “Ellington man! Ellington!” he would yell at Bobby. “Which one Joe?” “Aaah, Mellow-tone, no! Prelude to a no, A Train, yeah A Trane, let’s do that! One a two a three, no let’s do a ballad! Sophisticated Lady, OK?” “Joe!” Meanwhile the people slurp their potage and butter their bread. We’d play a Bird-blues ‘Cool Blues’ (it was Joe’s favourite). “C, father!” “Doolya do’n doo Be Doo be Doo be Doo be doo-bey doolyadaaayy…….”

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