James Taylor Quartet, RWCMD, Cardiff

Cheesy choons from the last of the Hammond heroes. Pleasure to see JTQ after what must be 15 years. Last time probably in Brighton’s Concorde club or the Brighton Centre.

Still dapper in mod three-piece suit behind his big black monster of an organ. Still inspired by Jimmy Smith, who has died since the last time I saw this band, which makes him pretty much the remaining torch-bearer of Hammond organ music. Only one I’m vaguely aware of anyway.

About 250 people in the Dora Stoutzker theatre at the immensely impressive RWCMD’s swanky new base.

He had us counting the beat in Welsh and dancing in the seats – it’s not the best venue for dancing but all credit to the college for getting the band down here in the first place.

Early on, jazzy blues turned into soul jazz later with an introduction of a vocalist. And definitely good recompense for having the Saturday cricket match rained off.

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