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posted Friday, April 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 16
A Dyke About Town:
The legendary McCoy Tyner
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A Dyke About Town:
The legendary McCoy Tyner

A Dyke About Town: The legendary McCoy Tyner by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Curtis Salgado
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed Curtis Salgado and his big band at Jazz Alley on April 10. It was a CD release party for Soul Shot. Salgado's voice was powerful and his harmonica was phenomenal. Vyasa Dodson's guitar was hot. Sax by Gary Harris was delicious. Trumpet by David Mills was out there. Dave Fleschner's keyboards were luscious. Bass by Tracy Arrington was funky. Brian Foxworth's drums were rhythmic. LaRhonda Steele and Margaret Linn provided sweet harmony on backups.

High points were originals from the album: 'She Didn't Cut Me Loose,' 'Nobody But You,' 'Love Man,' 'He Played His Harmonica,' and 'Woman or the Blues.'

McCoy Tyner
Mercy's friend Reality joined her for McCoy Tyner at Jazz Alley April 12 because Cuteness was with Equality. The sold-out crowd was very enthusiastic. Mercy was impressed with the service because the waitress remembered her order from a previous day.

Mercy thought Tyner's keyboards were amazing. Gary Bartz's alto saxophone was exquisite. Bass by Gerald Cannon gave the quartet a nice bottom. Francisco Mela's drums were driving. Reality thought Tyner's playing was absolutely wonderful. He liked the hand gestures and range from forte to diminuendo. Reality said, 'What could be better than watching one of the greats?'

Stand-outs were 'I Should Care,' 'Fly With the Wind,' 'Ballad for Aisha,' 'Blues on the Corner,' 'Walk Spirit Talk Spirit,' and 'African Village.' The audience gave the group a standing ovation.

Reluctant Hope
Mercy found Erin Dutton's new novel, Reluctant Hope, a page-turner. Brooke has recently lost a friend to cancer. When she meets cancer survivor Addison, Brooke doesn't want to get involved because of the risk of losing her, too. She finds herself attracted to Addison and emotionally involved with Addison's 5-year-old daughter. Minor characters are well-drawn. There is a surprising plot twist. The sex scenes are fun.

Chunky Move
Mercy and Cuteness saw the Australian dance troupe Chunky Move at University of Washington World Dance Series on April 13. In 'Connected,' Mercy found the dancers' interactions with Reuben Margolin's sculpture of wood, plastic, paper, and steel interesting. She thought the use of transcripts of gallery attendants for part of the dance creative.

Cuteness thought the music by Oren Ambarchi and Robin Fox was simply noise. She couldn't understand why the security guards took their pants off. She thought the dance was technically amazing. She loved the lighting by Benjamin Cisterne.

Bettye LaVette and Kenny G
Mercy is looking forward to Bettye LaVette at Jazz Alley. Band members will be Alan Hill (keyboards and music director), Brett Lucas (guitar), Charles Bartels (bass), and Darryl Pierce (drums).

LaVette is a soul singer-songwriter with a fabulous voice. She recorded her first album at age 16, but didn't rise to the top until 2005, because she is hard to categorize. Her performances have elements of country, gospel, funk, rock and roll, and blues. She will be there April 24 and 25.

Mercy is also looking forward to seeing Kenny G at Jazz Alley. Band members include Robert Damper (piano/keys), Daniel Bejarano (drums), and Vail Johnson (bass).

Kenny G is a smooth jazz saxophonist. He will be there April 26-29.

For tickets for LaVette and Kenny G, visit jazzalley.com.

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