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Monday, October 05, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Jazz Latin Groove: October 3

Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Summers (sop/ten sax, hand drums, tabla, percussion); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
The band gave us a very enjoyable, varied, and adventurous programme of groovy, boppy, Latin numbers and Debra is to be congratulated for attempting some rather difficult songs.  I loved Steve Summers sax solos, these were real solos which displayed a genuine connection with the original tunes and chords, not just a cacophonous collections of sounds, such as I’ve heard sometimes from more famous names.  And he’s a dab hand on hand drums (sorry to be repetitive!) and percussion.  The rest of the band did their stuff admirably, Alan steaming away on keys, even after an afternoon of teaching on the Jazz Co-op workshop: Paul as dependable and skilled as ever; and Tim drumming sensitively in the many ways demanded by the tunes.
They’d played Song For My Father before I arrived, then up stepped Debra, a flower in her hair, with Wave, every word clear and sweet, followed by Coltrane’s groovy Equinox. Her next number Spain demanded tricky, bop-like singing, then came Spooky ‘love is kinda crazy, with a spooky little boy like you’ and Tim using mallets on the drums for a spooky effect. Afro Blue opened with just voice, bass and drums, then Steve moved sinuously down the scales on sax, instrumentally interesting stuff. Miles Davis classic tune So What was sung, with lyrics by Eddie Jefferson, about how ‘Miles Davis left the stage when his solo was over’. The first half was rounded off with 2 of Debra’s regular songs, Consider Me Gone and Senor Blues.    
The second half began with an unusual wordless song, very pleasant listening, then came the tune Killer Joe, with lyrics by Debra (Relax). Other songs included You’re In My Heart; a song in Spanish with voice and piano only; Chick Corea’s Five Hundred Miles High and I’m Comin’ Home. And at that point I had to go home, so perhaps someone else could add a comment about the final part of the gig.
Ann Alex

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