Phil Nichol (4 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Phil Nichol

Delightfully silly succession of unhinged underworld creeps

Jazz poetry must surely be one of the art forms most ripe for parody, and that’s what Nichol does, wonderfully, as grizzly 1970s Baltimore bard Bobby Spade. The best part is that he’s not playing it completely straight – while the backing band are po-faced and genuinely talented, there’s a glint in his eye as he introduces a delightfully silly succession of unhinged underworld creeps.

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Phil Nichol: Welcome to Crazytown

  • 4 stars

January 19th 1974, legendary Beat poet Bobby Spade performed his magnum opus ‘Welcome to Crazytown’ at Baltimore’s famous jazz club, Bertha’s. That show ended in near tragedy. Phil Nichol recreates that event. 'Welcome to Crazytown' is a semi-autobiographical masterpiece of poetic story-telling that explores the dark…

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