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Went to Yoshi's last night to see Kenney Burrell and the All-Stars. It's a cool set up with six veteran players and a couple of hot young cats.
Highlights: The Ellingtonia section. Burrell played "Single Petal of a Rose" solo on acoustic guitar (goosebumps). The end of that song quickly became a duet with Burrell and a young tenor player named Tivon Pennicott. They played "Someone to Watch Over Me". Really great stuff, with Pennicott making some interesting scale substitutions near the end (haven't figured out what they were, exactly, but sounded very cool). Pennicott has a great sound, and plays an old horn (a Martin maybe -- left hand bell keys with a kind of triangle shaped key guard -- and a Berg stainless piece with a Rovner lig). It was cool to see the old horn. I don't think I've ever seen one like it in person before. Anyway, he's got great technique and some interesting stuff to say. Nice to see in such a young player.
A couple of tunes later the whole band did a ripping version of "A Night in Tunisia". The alto player, Jeff Clayton, played a beautiful cadenza at the end. He also has great technical ability, but I didn't care that much because his tone and phrasing are just a treat to hear. He was playing a Super 20, I think (silver neck, brass body and bell). Beautiful looking (and sounding) horn.
This band is definitely worth checking out if you have the time.
They recorded a CD at Yoshi's last year for Kenney's 75th birthday (almost the same band). I haven't had time to listen to it yet, but am looking forward to it.
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