Tim Ries and his Rolling Stones Project played in between Stones dates on Monday, August 21, 2006, at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London, England. The Rolling Stones Project performs familiar Stones material arranged for a jazz presentation.

     Ries & company put on a swinging gig in Soho at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. It was before a packed room with a few standees to boot and several seated at the intimate bar. In the middle of the performance, Fowler came over to the bar during an instrumental and briefly chatted with a few in the audience.

     "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" began the evening. The jazzed up melody was the right choice to move the London crowd into a decent groove. "Miss You" was an unexpected number in the setlist. The encore featured an angelic Fowler singing on a beautiful version of "Ruby Tuesday".

     Project musicians supporting Ries on stage in London were Josh Blackmore on drums, Michael Davis on Trombone, Phil Donkin on bass, Mike Outram on guitar and Jim Watson on piano & organ. Vocalist Bernard Fowler, Davis and Ries are all touring musicians on the successful A Bigger Bang World Tour.

     As luck would have it, I was blessed with speaking to Ries, Davis and Fowler after the concert. They were all very cordial and pleased with the Project performance. Ries has his own original approach to interpreting Rolling Stones classics in a manner that enhances the songs anew.

London setlist: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction * Gimme Shelter * Honky Tonk Woman * Wild Horses * Paint It Black * Street Fighting Man * Miss You * Encore: Ruby Tuesday

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A Bigger Jazz
Tim Ries and company imprint a new groove on Stones music

by Timothy Tilghman