4th August 2022

Colin Henderson – Alto and Baritone Saxes and Flute

Mike Mackenzie – Tenor and Soprano Saxes and Clarinet

Jon Hall – Piano

Pete Lowit – Double Bass

Duncan Barson – Drums

This gig worked out very well despite some last minute changes of personnel and programme. A good audience turned out from the start and they responded favourably to our various vicissitudes. It was a nice change to hear clarinet and soprano and also to explore music from Sidney Bechet and others including “Dreaming the Hours Away”, “Rent Party Blues” and “Avalon”.

Mike was on good form on all his instruments and he and Colin provided a good contrast to each other as well as playing in counterpoint on the ensemble numbers. Later Colin played a feelingful ballad, I Remember Clifford” and a sparkling flute lead on Roland Kirk’s “Bright Moments”.

The piano trio enjoyed Brubeck’s “In Your Own Sweet Way” and especially Jimmy Rowles’ evocative tune, “The Peacocks”, full of fluttering and plaintive bird calls, superbly underpinned by Pete Lowit’s double bass and Duncan Barson’s sensitive cymbal work. The band played out with a relaxed but driving rendition of “Blues by Five”, with victorious solos from all.

Jon Hall

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