19 03, 2018

Peter Lemer Quintet

2018-03-19T09:32:36+00:00The Raver's Return|

Wailing at the Pizza Express When Pete Lemer recorded Local Colour in 1966 he could hardly have believed it would be celebrated 52 years later with the re-release of his critically acclaimed album and a triumphant ‘live’ performance. Yet, when Peter sat at the Steinway grand on stage at the Pizza Express jazz club on a cold February night, (21/02/18) he was warmed by the

16 03, 2018

Melody Maker Review of Colosseum at the Lyceum Ballroom in 1971

2018-04-03T13:16:04+01:00The Raver's Return|

"It's getting rather monotonous to say that Jon Hiseman played the greatest drum solo of his career at Colosseum’s last gig. But the music Jon played on drums at the Lyceum, London on Sunday, was breathtaking. It may be unfair to single out the drum solo from a long concert of brilliant band playing, but Jon’s performance was unique. From the construction point of view

9 03, 2018

Demise of Print Edition of The NME

2018-03-09T19:47:37+00:00The Raver's Return|

Sad to see the demise of the New Musical Express in its print edition, the last one appearing on March 9th 2018. By coincidence The Raver recently acquired a copy of their 10th Anniversary Souvenir Book, full of fascinating fax’n’info, as sub-editors used to proudly boast. Our diligent research reveals the first issue appeared on March 7, 1952, edited by Ray Sonin, a former Melody

9 03, 2018

Watch Out for Hot New Power Rock Trio JCM

2018-03-13T11:17:28+00:00The Raver's Return|

The group combines the talents of former Humble Pie guitar supremo Clem Clempson, bass player and singer Mark Clarke and drummer extraordinaire Jon Hiseman. All former members of Colosseum, their debut album Heroes is released by Repertoire in April on vinyl and CD and has already been hailed by critics as ‘amazing.’ They are off on tour soon, so check out dates and details on

9 03, 2018

Drama or Music?

2018-03-09T19:55:18+00:00The Raver's Return|

Drama or music? Bromley High Street used to boast a cosy venue called the Little Theatre, that earnestly put on plays by Arnold Wesker and Harold Pinter. The much grander Churchill Theatre that was its replacement, is still an important venue for theatrical productions. But apart from Dicken’s Great Expectations, most of 2018’s line up of shows are Retro music orientated. Pause for breath. They

8 03, 2018

The Big Chris Barber Band

2018-03-09T19:52:25+00:00The Raver's Return|

This band played a superb blend of classic Ellington tunes like Rockin’ In Rhythm, East St.Louis Toodle Oo and C Jam Blues on their recent U.K tour and included a fine rendition of Miles Davis’ All Blues. Biggest surprise came when they dropped the banjo, switched to electric guitar and rocked out on Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee’s Corn Bread and Black Molasses. Great drumming

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