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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

JazzMain: Diggin Dexter! @ The Jazz Bar (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) - August 26

Nick Gould (tenor sax); Steve Grossart (piano); Iain Harkness (double bass); Kevin Dorrian (drums) 
(Review by Russell)

South of the border it was a public holiday, in Scotland's capital city it was just another work day Monday. Edinburgh's countless tourists were enjoying/enduring sweltering temperatures while down a flight of stairs on Chambers Street the basement Jazz Bar offered some relief from the burning sun. On this, the final day of this year's Fringe Festival, Nick Gould brought in JazzMain to play a mid-afternoon Dexter Gordon set. 

No time to lose at a Fringe gig - one hour, hit the ground running and, as Gordon himself would have said...Go! Straight in with Sticky Wicket. Steve Grossart at the Jazz Bar's Yamaha piano put down a marker on You Stepped Out of a Dream with bassist Iain Harkness stepping up and Kevin Dorrian covering everything behind the traps as JazzMain's main man, tenor saxophonist Nick Gould, took on the challenge of doing justice to the music of the quartet's subject, the legendary Dexter Gordon. 

The American left behind a vast amount of material for tenor players like Gould to work with and on a one hour gig like this tough choices had to be made. From You Stepped Out of Dream to Darn That Dream, JazzMain held the attention of an attentive Fringe audience. Mrs. Miniver again showcased Grossart's fine 'old school' piano playing and again on a couple of Latin treatments including Catalonian Nights

The Dexter Gordon years on Blue Note and Prestige featured alongside SteepleChase cuts and, as Gould remarked, he simply had to play Cheese Cake from Go! In doing so our tenor saxophonist observed that the Van Gelder Studio recording was made on August 27, 1962...all of one day short of exactly fifty eight years ago! Back then it was Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins working with Gordon, here at the Jazz Bar Messrs Grossart, Harkness and Dorrian gave sterling support to Gould. 

The hour was just about up as JazzMain wound up with Soy Califa from a favourite Dexter Gordon album of Gould's, A Swingin' Affair (Gould's diligent pre-gig research noted the Blue Note recording followed two days on - same line-up, same studio - from the Go! session). If your kind of tenor playing is swinging, straight-down-the-middle tenor, then look no further, Nick Gould is your man.    
Russell

1 comment :

Nick Gould (on F/b) said...

Oh wow that was a surprise! Thanks for the review Russell!

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