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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Kansas Smitty's play Heavy Weather - Jan. 30

Alec Harper (tenor sax); Will Barry (keyboards); Flo Moore (electric bass); Jas Kayser (drums); João Caetano (percussion)

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

A recreation of Weather Report's biggest selling album from 1977. As on the recording, Birdland opened he show. Alec Harper on tenor playing Wayne Shorter's tenor sax and soprano sax parts, Will Barry working three keyboards - Joe Zawinul surrounded himself with more like three hundred pieces of hardware (slight exaggeration!). 

An excellent start to the evening. Wayne Shorter's beautiful ballad A Remark You Made sounded just right, broadly adhering to the original, just a touch of Kansas Smitty's collective personality shining through. Was Flo Moore, playing five string electric bass, quaking in her shoes at the challenging prospect of tackling Jaco Pastorius' Teen Town? Something of a test piece for bass players the world over, Flo came through with flying colours. At its conclusion, Will Barry rightly heaped praise upon praise on his band mate. 

Rumba Mama put tonight's percussionists in the spotlight with Jas Kayser and João Caetano having fun on the percussion feature (Harper, Barry and Moore sitting out), which, on Weather report's world tour, featured Alex Acuña and Manolo Badrena. Great fun!  Zawinul's Palladium reunited the quintet featuring Harper's tenor sax blowout. And to play us out, Jaco's Havona. Harper brooding, then unleashing à la Shorter, Barry's swirling keyboards uncannily like Zawinul's signature sound. And what do you know? Flo aced it again! Take it on tour guys!                
Russell

Set list: BirdlandA Remark You Made; Teen TownHarlequinRumba MamaPalladiumHavona

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