by Tim Pratt
THINGS have been alarmingly quiet at the Jazz Club of late, but guitar maven Terry Reid has returned to put some life back in the 'live' room.
'Superlungs' has made a name for himself with a series of riotous residencies at the venue in recent years, and - armed with a fresh record deal and loads of new material - this stint is shaping up as his best yet.
That Reid is better known for what he didn't do than for what he's actually done is one of rock 'n' roll's great injustices. A one-time Rolling Stone, Reid also turned down a place in Led Zeppelin. So much for being in the right place at the right time.
There are, however, few more versatile guitarists working today and while his albums can be uneven at times, live he is a sensation. With a voice that positively drips soul and the fret-work of a maestro, you wonder if it was the supergroups that lost out all those years ago. Don't make the same mistake.
For a slice of genuine blues-rock class venture to the Jazz Club tonight, Saturday and Sunday and Tuesday to Friday next week. Admission is $200 for non-members, $250 Friday and Saturday, members half price.
Tonight: The Fringe Club has Japanese outfit Kenny's Flyin' Machine in the gallery from 10pm, an eight-piece with light, modern jazz leanings.
The Wanch gives Squinty Backbone a leg up from 10pm.
O'Brien's premiere Irish pianist-singer, Paul Harrington, in the American Grill from 9pm. Although some may not consider it a plus, Harrington won the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest for the Emerald Isle. He will jolly things along for diners five nights a week over the silly season.
Tomorrow: Elements with DJ Mickey Smith and DJ Teng Boon fuses soul, Latin, house and other rare grooves at Judgement AD from 10pm.
The Warehouse Project features an afternoon with a trio of noise merchants - Tokyo Sex Wale, Star Whores and Void - from 3-6pm in the old Aberdeen Police Station.
Open Mike at the Fringe Club kicks off with an unplugged session from 8.30-9.30pm. Things get all wired up from 10pm.
Sunday: Sammy plays the Wanch until Tuesday night.
Tuesday: Pianist Nick Harvey and friends offer quirky blues, jazz and funk at the Fringe Club until Thursday.
Wednesday: Blue Steel Band take over at the Wanch from 10pm.
Thursday: Sammy's back in the Wanch and Captain Mabullah are at the helm of ladies' night at Judgement AD.
Plus: Stylo Mylo works the Dickens Bar in the Excelsior Hotel nightly at 9pm playing rock and pop.
JJ's new house band Maximum Drive specialise in virtually every form of modern rock and pop. They play daily from about 9.30pm.
Pulse play dance-rock hits in the Hard Rock Cafe Kowloon nightly from 10.30pm.
The New China Max has welcomed RAW to the stage for a three-month stint. Catch their eclectic blend of pop, rock and soul Monday to Saturday from 9pm.