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Monday, January 27, 2014

Steve Glendinning Trio– Salsa Café - January 25.

Steve Glendinning (gtr), Mike Clarke (bass), Mark Robertson (dms), guest appearance Ray Burns (harmonica).
(Review by Kath Jobes).
After a few weeks of absence from the Salsa Café Saturday nights, I once again ventured forth.  On arrival about 2/3rd of the tables were taken by diners, but my usual table had been kept free for me and I was soon joined by a couple of jazz enthusiast friends Oliver from Blue Jazz Voices and Elton from the Pink Lane Co-Op Jazz workshops, so it turned out to be a convivial night of Jazz and nachos.  
To start, Stevie Glendinning played a beautiful and gentle Unrequited that segued into Hermitage.  A trio of delights in the form of an upbeat All the things you are, Moonlight in Vermont and My Favourite Things, with superb solos from the lightning fast fingers of Stevie, complemented from the electric bass of Mike Clarke, who also demonstrated his skills with some intricate bass solos and the supportive and ever steady drums of the talented Mark Robertson… this really is a superb combination.  We were then taken on a lovely Midnight Voyage, and the night-time theme continued with a favourite of Stevie’s, Stella by Starlight, and the set was brought to an end with Questions and Answers.

As the evening progressed several of the Jazz stalwarts turned up and filled a few more tables before the second set commenced with a lively Four on Six.  This was followed by the gentle guitar introduction that unfolded the Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers growing into an energetic and expressive account.  An animated bossa came next in the form of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s – Triste and God Bless the Child brought the beautiful and haunting addition of a harmonica solo from Ray Burns.  A buoyant Beautiful Love led on ‘beautifully’ to a dreamy and melodic But Beautiful.

We were then treated to a lively funk tune – Big Schlepp, an animated A Foggy Day and the set ended on Pat Metheny’s Bright Size Life.  All in all a very enjoyable evening and it seems that several of the diners stayed on to listen to the Jazz… and a couple even popped over to say a heartfelt thank you to Stevie and his trio for the great music… a few more jazz converts!

Kath J.

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