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Monday, February 07, 2011

The Safe Sextet (all five of them) @ The Bridge

Don Forbes (tpt), John Rowland (ten), Alan Law (pno), John Hedley (bs), Steve Doyle (dms).
From the Jazz Café to the Bridge is but a short walk and, as I dodged the taxi cabs around the Central Station, I reflected that, having just heard Alan Law at the JC I was soon to be hearing him again.
This, the Safe Sextet, is a cracking band and their revival of Emcee 5 classics such as The One That Got Away and John O'Groats is to be commended.
Let's face it, The Emcee 5 were as good as, if not better than any modern band in Britain at the time (early '60.s) and quite a few in the world.
It was a good gig with Alan Law absolutely on top form - his warm-up session at the Jazz Café no doubt contributing. Having said that, it's a good band all round with Don Forbes playing some nicely formulated solos and John Rowland blowing some Gonsalvesian tenor.
The rhythm section cooked with surprise bassist John Hedley and Stevie Doyle keeping things tight.
A decent sized audience too.
Lance.

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