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Monday, June 11, 2012

Mark Toomey Quartet @ The Cherry Tree.

Mark Toomey (alt); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Peter Ayton (bs); Richard Brown (dms).
Just as it seems we get few opportunities to hear Lewis Watson likewise Mark Toomey is another saxist who is never sufficiently on our radar.
However, tonight, at the Cherry Tree, we were given a rare glimpse of his scintillating alto playing which was the perfect hors d'oeuvre to Pan Fried Red Mullet, Nicoise Salad.
Opening with a bop line that I recognised but couldn't put a name to - the mic used for announcements fluctuated in clarity all evening - Mark paid lip service to his mentor Charlie Parker following up in the same vein with All The Things You Are. I followed up with Grilled Lamb Chop with Merguez Sausage, Hummus, Courgette and Chilli Compote. Both were delightful.

Next an original, was it Song For Lara (Laura?) whatever, it had an Art Pepper-like quality that was very good news indeed. Trieste, Alfie's Theme - another original One More Time (maybe?) finishing the set with What is This Thing Called Love? played at tempo de lick. And, I can honestly say I've found the answer to Cole Porter's eternal question! Love is eating Champagne and Elderflower Jelly, Blackberry Sorbet - mystery solved!.
Some great alto playing tonight as well as swinging piano from Jeremy, sound bass-work from Peter and compatible drumming from Richard - like the kitchen staff, you guys were cooking on gas tonight!
Circumstances decreed I couldn't stay for the second set but I'm sure it would be on a par with the first one.
Lance.

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