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Friday, March 08, 2013

Safe Sextet @ Hoochie Coochie. March 7.

Don Forbes (tpt); Paul Gowland (alt); John Rowland (ten); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The Safe Sextet - once part of the Friday night furniture at the Jazz Café were fortunately overlooked by the Miller removal men on Wednesday so they will not be up for auction at the Sale Rooms.
This is a shame as, after tonight's performance, the bidding would be intense!
Wayne Shorter's One by One made for a rousing opener. Forbes' references to Cilla Black when announcing Rollins' Alfie's Tune probably meant little to the youngish audience although Rowland's Rollins-like cadenza of an intro certainly caught the attention of at least one of the older members of the audience (me). Gowland caught the ball running and easily converted Rowland's try.
Gershwin's Soon is a great arrangement - I wonder who did it? - with super solos all round. A Latin number brought a couple of dancers to the floor elegantly  tripping the light fantastic.
Blakey's Moanin' gave new drummer Armstrong a chance  to shine which he duly did but it was Gilligan who gave it the polish both soloing and 'comping.
The Emcee Five's The One That Got Away could have been tailor made for this group and Don and his "boys" did it justice. Come to think of it - The Safe Sextet is close to being a reincarnation of the Emcee Five and in the north east there is no higher accolade available.
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