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Sunday, January 18, 2015

James Harrison/Alex Saxon @ Jazz Café January 17

James Harrison (keys); Alex Saxon (fl/alt) + Carly McKee (vcl).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
How shall I put it? Got it! An "entertaining" evening. Regular blog visitors will know the high esteem with which I hold James Harrison's playing in. I've also waxed eloquently over Alex Saxon both on sax and on flute so I truly anticipated this to be a titanic meeting - and it was, but with a capital T!
Don't get me wrong, the duo played great but with, perhaps, a tad too much self-indulgence. It was hilarious, then funny, then mildly amusing, and then - well imagine you open a box of chocolates and find they're all coffee creams - love the first couple but you don't finish the box!
In between all the musical repartee I longed for the sensitivity they are both capable of, but this didn't happen until guest vocalist Carly joined the duo for I'd Rather Go Blind, a Stevie Wonder number and At Last à la Etta.
Carly's got a great bluesy rocky soulful voice that made the evening worthwhile, not least because James and Alex played as I'd liked to have heard them play all night.
Nevertheless, as I said earlier, it was entertaining and at least they didn't wear funny hats!
Lance.
PS: See you at Hoochie tomorrow James.

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