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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mark Toomey presents a tribute to Cannonball Adderley @ Domans Jazz Club Middlesbrough - September 26

Mark Toomey (alto sax); Jeremy McMurray (piano); Jud Downs (trumpet); Peter Ayton (bass) Paul Smith (drums).
(Review by Ron H)

The Mark Toomey Quartet, enhanced by the addition of Jud Downs, became a quintet for this tribute to Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley.

The late alto saxist has long been a favourite of Mark’s as was evidenced on the opening number the well-known Work Song. Written by Cannonball’s brother Nat, it showed the audience just how tight a unit this was. The great trumpet solo from Jud set the standard for the night. 

Sack O' Woe by Cannonball opened with a heavy drum & piano intro before going into  a swinging blues with impressive solos all round.


Frank Rosolino's Blue Daniel was followed by a terrific up tempo version of Big "P" by Jimmy Heath with, again, great solos from  Mark on alto, Jeremy on piano and Jud on trumpet.

A beautifully played Latin/swing Azule Serape by Victor Feldman and the Cole Porter classic What Is This Thing Called Love? brought the first set to a close.

Taken from the Capital Them Dirty Blues album, Sam Jones's Del Sasser provided a great opener to the second set.

A bossa nova, Saudade, featured Jeremy on piano with nice rhythmic bass and drum backing from Pete and Paul  whilst still leaving plenty of scope for Mark and Jud to show their skills.

The Randy Weston Hi-Fly was given a dramatic piano intro followed by the band playing so well together with solos all round.

Stars Fell on Alabama, with tasteful piano and sax solos, offered complete contrast to Sam Jones’ Unit 7 - a great up tempo swinger from the album the quintet recorded with Nancy Wilson.

With the audience calling for an encore the challenging  Quincy Jones' Jessica's Day was played expertly leaving the listeners aware of the talent on stage and the inspiration that had inspired it - Cannonball Adderley.

A tribute night to a great saxophonist with the band sounding almost like a big band at times playing many difficult pieces which was also a tribute in itself to Mark's excellent skills in arrangements and it certainly left a lasting impression with the audience.

Another successful night at the Dormans Jazz Club with many thanks to the Dormans Club for their support.
Ron H

1 comment :

Steve T said...

A Sack a Woe. Takes me back to a time when I paid £27 for a Japanese CD of Mercy Mercy Mercy (also Live Evil). A friend was shocked but I told him if you need it you need it. How times have changed or - should I say - how the media has changed. Would have loved to have made it but the Boro is largely a mystery to me.

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