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Friday, July 10, 2015

Pilgrim Street Set @ Hoochie Coochie. July 9

Richard Burns (trumpet), Gary Turner (tenor saxophone), Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Susans (bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo from a previous gig.)
Cocktails, continental beers, Gregory Porter on screen, the Pilgrim Street Set were ready to go. Guitarist Mark Williams in for the absent Paul Edis, the hottest funkin’ band in the known universe tore it up. The second Thursday in the month residents play for fun, play for the Hoochie Coochie regulars, everyone has a good time.
Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Eddie Harris and a few originals. Pulsating jazz funk, Paul Susans and Rob Walker the band’s bass and drums fulcrum, Burns and Turner the power-house front line. The depping Mark Williams went into overdrive from the off – towering solos, matched by the massive sound of Gary Turner’s tenor. Richard Burns towered over everyone (the trumpeter is a six foot plus Aussie!) and he too scaled new heights – strong solos time and again.
Freedom Jazz Dance and a Susans’ original were but two of many highlights. As a tribute to the late Ornette Coleman the band played Ramblin’. This wasn’t an act of opportunism by the Pilgrim Street Set, the tune has been in the pad from day one. Gary Turner’s tunes are always worth hearing; on this gig he dug out Armadillo and Conkers – or was it titled Conquers? Conquers would, perhaps, be apposite as he (Turner) and the band beat off all challengers!
Next month, Thursday 13th, eight o’clock. Free admission. 
Russell.

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