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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sam Coombes Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel.

The city is alive as I take a leisurely stroll back to the High Level and the Bridge Hotel for The Sam Coombes Quartet: Sam Coombes (alt), Dave Patrick (pno), Mario Caribe (bs), Stu Brown (dms).
After last night's grand turnout for Milestones I'm optimistic that a large proportion of those 'fans' will be at the Bridge for the Lee Konitz inspired altoist but, as so often happens, fans are fickle.
Drummer Brown led his own sextet at last year's Sage Jazz Festival, Mario Caribe is a bass playing name - last heard him at Lockerbie Jazz Festival - whilst Dave Patrick is known on the world jazz stage surely a combination to have them beating down the door.
Sadly, not so.
Nevertheless, for the second time in two days we heard some dazzling alto playing . A goodly mix of originals and standards made this a delightful session. Darn That Dream, Have You Met Miss Jones and Miles' 7 Steps To Heaven were all shown the respect they deserved whilst the originals were just that and displayed not only the leader's creativity as a composer but also pianist Patricks' talents in that direction.
An excellent gig deserving of a wider audience.
The musical loop was complete - finishing on a high note - but where were the people?
Lance.

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