"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Jeff Wilson Quartet at the Cramphorn Theatre
– tributes – whatever. The irrepressible Jeffery Wilson evoked
the spirit and the genius of jazzmen past in an intoxicating cocktail
being jazz, there was nothing predictable about the performances;
many of the numbers were arranged for the quartet by piano man Peter
Marshall, who also played a mean trumpet and contributed the odd
vocal refrain. At the drum kit, none other than Les Cirkel.
fun began with Lester Leaps In, Lester Young's 1940 standard, and
ended with Charlie Parker, the dots for Count Basie being
unaccountably mislaid. Along the way, names were dropped, legends
recalled. I especially enjoyed the Art Pepper transcription, the
double helping of baritone sax [bassist Dave Jenkins playing the
second] and the Bill Evans' Waltz for Debby – a gentle piece
performed with genuine affection. And a true tribute: Johnny Hodges,
Ellington's alto sax, lovingly resurrected in a note-bending,
glissando-rich Star Crossed Lovers from Such Sweet Thunder.
enjoyable ramble through some of the finest moments in jazz, with
many giggles and nuggets of wisdom thrown in for good measure. Jazz
aficionados, though, might have craved a warmer atmosphere and a more
responsive crowd at the Cramphorn cabaret tables.