30th June 2022

Colin Henderson – Alto and Baritone Saxes, Flute

Jon Hall – Piano

Neil Sharkey – Bass

John Mason – Drums

This week we welcomed a new face to Elgin, John Mason on drums. He was standing in for Mike Sharkey who has sustained a football injury. John fitted in right away and from the opening number the balance was just right and the music was swinging.

Colin Henderson was on good form on all three instruments and he changed them around skilfully, giving us some nice contrasts of tone colour and improvising styles. He was on excellent form whether swinging on “Mean to Me” and “Beautiful Love”, combining sparkling flute and voice on Roland Kirk’s “Bright Moments” and Paquito D’Rivera’s “Chucho”, or slowing the tempo down for some soulful playing on the ballads “Lover Man” and “Angel Eyes”.

While Colin took the odd breather, the trio explored John Coltrane’s “Spiral”, Herbie Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance”, Chick Corea’s “Windows”, and Michael Petrucciani’s poignant “September Sound”.

The evening ended on another Coltrane number, “Mr. P C”, dedicated to his bassist, Paul Chambers. Our own bassist, Neil Sharkey, was, as usual, right on the mark and he took some tasty solos, as did John Mason, who established himself throughout the evening as yet another unsung hero, now sung!

Jon Hall