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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Safe Sextet @ Hoochie Coochie

Don Forbes (tpt); Dr. Steve Summers (alt/sop); John Rowland (ten); Alan Laws (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Eric Stutt (dms).
My head said that I should be at the Lit and Phil for the Kit Downes Quintet. Love Kit's piano playing - not least on my recently reviewed George Crowley CD- Paper Universe. However... the thought of bass clarinet and cello in the line-up meant my heart tilted me in the direction of Hoochie Coochie where the Safe Sextet (trumpet/tenor/alto front line) were, eventually, struttin' their stuff.
I say "eventually" as it did take them some time to get started
Don't get me wrong - they're a great band and with Doctor Jazz - Steve Summers - on alto/soprano sax a band that jumps in all directions.
Swing, Bebop, Blues and some funky stuff just to create the right Hoochie mood.
The aforementioned doctor dished out prescriptions on how to blow modern alto and soprano whilst pianist Laws too knew his musical medicine.
Rowland played tenor with a Websterish cutting edge and leader Forbes had his moments with some good open horn.
Grainger and Stutt were absolutely rock solid driving this fine, if at times, disorganised, band.
Catch them every Friday at the Jazz Café.
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Lance.

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