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Monday, February 25, 2013

Katie Patterson’s Allsorts @ Splinter @The Bridge Hotel. February 24 (second set)


Russ Henderson (ten/alt/sop/fl); Oli Cadman (keys); Pete Gavin (bs); Eirik Svela (gtr); Katie Patterson (dms). 
(Review by Russell)
LL, BSH’s Head Honcho, sped off into the night on the no.27. Meanwhile, back at the Bridge, an inviting pint of Mordue’s Rye IPA (6%) found its way upstairs to catch the second set from the Allsorts. First set, Patterson suggested that for some, the band played too much jazz, for others, too little. The second set certainly had a greater focus; Return to Forever, Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band, deconstructed Bob Marley and a high-flying Patterson original.  
Bandleader Patterson alluded to the level of technical facility required to take on a Chick Corea composition. Well, the Allsorts had the chops, no doubt about it. Ironically, Brian Blade’s Stoner Hill featured guitarist Eirik Svela in Al Di Meola mode, selecting an appropriate pedal effect for good measure! The Marley number, re-titled (incorporating ‘bagel’ - don’t ask!), worked wonderfully (against expectations) and the self-penned Early Morning View From Above (it will be on the band’s forthcoming debut CD) featured the engaging Patterson. The latter number, inspired by the intrepid Patterson taking a hot air balloon flight high above the landscape of her native Canadian homeland, drew the best from horns, guitar, five string bass and birthday boy Oli Cadman (keys) and, of course, Katie Patterson.
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