No Holds Barred – Interviews by Aymeric Leroy

One of the spin-offs from the Phil Miller Tribute Concert that we arranged after Phil died, was Aymeric Leroy’s idea of a series of interviews of the musicians performing at the concert. I bought three Sony Camcorders and we organised an interviewing suite at Colvestone Crescent using Phil’s Edirol recorder and two tripods that I borrowed, with myself operating the hand-held camera for close-ups. Aymeric made many trips from France to do these interviews which we conducted over several days interviewing two or three musicians on each visit. You will have seen the short excerpts that Aymeric made from this series. What we are presenting here are the full-length versions. On one of Aymeric’s visits we had a spare slot because one of the musicians had to pull out. Our musician friend Jeff Green was around at the time and Aymeric expressed an interest in interviewing him even though he was not one of the musicians who had played at the concert. As he is the exception to the rule, I have chosen to present his interview as the first in this series.


Fred, from Tibshelf Derbyshire, is a dazzling virtuoso on both bass and guitar, with one foot planted firmly in Prog Rock and the other in Jazz. His recent inclusion in the Soft Machine line-up with the larger stage and audience it will give him begs only one question: Is the world ready to appreciate the phenomenon that is Fred Thelonious Baker!
All three episodes…
Jeff Green is a master of Jazz guitar. He exists in a firmament that includes Charlie Christian, Oscar Moore, Grant Green, Kenny Burnell, Herb Ellis and Wes Montgomery and shares their ability to play truly swinging phrases that are always perfectly placed.
Episodes one to five…




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