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Friday, January 15, 2021

Alec Harper live streaming from Kansas Smitty's - Jan. 14

Alec Harper (tenor sax); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Sach (double bass); Jas Kayser (drums)

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)


This evening's live stream from Kansas Smitty's found itself up against an all star session on Frith Street (see LL's Supersax review). One change in the advertised line-up with pianist Noah Stoneman making way for guitarist Dave Archer (this evening standing up playing a Telecaster), other than that, it was business as usual. Drummer Jas Kayser handled the introductions, kicking off with 
The End of a Love Affair. For the next hour or so the quartet played an impeccable selection of tunes. 

The second number - Surrey with the Fringe on Top - proved to be the sole trio outing of the evening with tenor sax man Alec Harper sitting it out (bassist Will Sach playing the familiar melody). Harper returned to play Star Eyes followed by Trane's Lonnie's Lament. Kansas Smitty's boys and girls can, and do, turn their hand to anything, seemingly nothing is beyond them. From Coltrane to the 1931 Columbo-Gaskill ballad Prisoner of Love. Yes, whatever the era or style, they're up for it. Bernstein's Lucky to be Me and Come Rain or Come Shine (one of the many Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer penned GASbook classics) concluded another hour of KSTV (Kansas Smitty's TV) top drawer entertainment.   
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Set list: The End of a Love Affair; Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Star Eyes; Lonnie's Lament; Prisoner of Love; Lucky to be Me; Come Rain or Come Shine

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