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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Collective @ Hoochie 9/11

Al Saxon (alt/fl); Tim Bloomer (gtr); Dominic Snaith (keys); Martyn Dixon (bs); Steven Barrass (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Dixon described this month's offering as "Acid Jazz" - I wasn't too sure about what he meant, me having grown up long before all these sub-divisions when jazz was either Trad or Modern or, as the Duke once put it,  Good or Bad.
Tonight was definitely in the former camp and the audience, of whom there were plenty, agreed.
I was particularly looking forward to hearing Al on sax even though the opening number featured Al on flute!
He didn't disappoint on that instrument either. Truly a master of musical metal.
Overall there were lots of repetitive phrases and tension building riffs with Dom and Tim digging in deep spurred on by MM and MD to create a groove that grabbed you by the testicular - yes they had a ball!
The most aptly titled number was Typhoon. This could have been subtitled Tornado - the storm was well and truly blown up!
Down on the floor the audience dug it almost as much as the 2 for 1 cocktails. Some even danced. It's good that so many young players today can hold their own in any company.
Catch them again next month (second Thursday - October 9).
Lance.

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