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Sunday, December 02, 2012

New Cool Collective @ Hoochie Saturday December 1

Benjamin Herman (alto); David Rockefeller (tpt/tmb);  Roly ? (gtr); William Friede (rhodes); Leslie Lopez (bs); Joost Kroon (dms); Frank van Dok. Jos de Haas (perc.)
(Review by Lance)
Warren told me this band from The Netherlands would knock me out and it did - did it not! I wasn't alone, the crowded room of, in the main, younger folk loved it too. They were listening, dancing to jazz and probably didn't know it!
Sizzling jazz solos from the horns, guitar and Rhodes over a compelling mix of Caribbean rhythms got the show rolling.
It was non stop!
Herman blows alto like there's no tomorrow, Rockefeller is a millionaire in ideas - each one building on the one before. The band's new guitarist, Roly, didn't catch his surname, had some powerful blasts that let everyone know he was no passenger. What am I saying? In some numbers he was the driver!
Nice to see the good old Fender Rhodes given a new lease of life and William Friede not only did that but  he made everyone know that the Rhodes is still a contender.
The crowd were in hand-clapping mode by the second number and it wasn't long before the dancers gradually appeared. By the final number even I was shaking a limb or two!
Throughout, the rhythm section whipped things up to a frenzied height. Lopez cool looking and laid back, the percussionists raising the cardiac levels and Kroon's drum solo was comparable with any drum solo I've ever heard. There were also band vocals, Dizzy like chants that added to the ever increasing tension for us mortals.
I bet this band would, and no doubt have done, go down a bomb in the Amsterdam clubs Ron Ainsborough has been writing about over the past few days. CD coming up for review shortly.
The closest to tonight's band is Hannabiell and Midnight Blue who play Hoochie on New Year's Eve.
That should be quite a night too.
In the mean time, the Leeds invasion of Newcastle continues on Thursday with the Kate Peter's Septet.
Lance

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