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Dyke About Town: Enjoying the sounds at Jazz Alley, Triple Door
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Dyke About Town: Enjoying the sounds at Jazz Alley, Triple Door

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Mose Allison
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed Mose Allison at Jazz Alley very much. His band, with Phil Sparks on bass and Michael Peterson on drums, communicated with each other well. The group opened with "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," one of Allison's nicely comic creations. Mercy liked to watch Mose's hands tickling the keys on the piano and listen to his rich, full voice.

The set continued with "When I Get to My City Home," and "If You Go to the City," two songs that compliment each other. Next they played "Tell Me Something." Mercy liked these lyrics from that song: "You say there's some mistake/You didn't get your break/You don't see the magic in the moonglow/You're on a one-way street/Your life is incomplete/Well, tell me something I don't know."

"I'm Only Kidding You" was another fun original. Mose followed with a song by Nadine Cole that had written for Nat, "I Just Can't See For Looking." Mercy liked to watch the bass player's serious smile dimple his cheeks with the nice solo he played. Allison continued with "I Feel So Good It Must Be Wrong," with nice energy. The singer gave Ellington's "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" wings.

"Certified Senior Citizen" and "Looks Good on Paper," made Mercy and Cuteness laugh with painful recognition. The singer showed his light touch on the piano with "How Does It Feel to Be So Good Looking."

"Your Mind is on Vacation" had Mose's raw humor. The respect that showed between him and Sparks after an elegant solo was satisfying to watch.

"I'm Not Downhearted But I'm Getting There," and "Who's In Who's Out" had the satiric wit Mercy and Cuteness admire in Allison. His rendition of Percy Mayfield's "I'm Just A Stranger in My Own Home Town" was aptly bluesy.

"My Brain is Always Working," and "What's Your Movie" rocked. "Ever Since the World Ended" had a smooth bass solo. "I'm on Cruise Control" brought more laughs. Muddy Waters' "I Wish I Was a Catfish" knocked Mercy and Cuteness out. "I've Been Working in Night Clubs So Long I Can't Stand the Break of Day" had Allison's light touch on his piano, Sparks' funky bass work and a nice drum moment by Peterson.

Leon Russell
Mercy and her friend Rhythm found the waiter at the Triple Door's Leon Russell show knowledgeable and friendly. Mercy's contact there tells her they have made some changes to improve service. She was impressed that it has indeed improved.

Meanwhile, the show knocked them out. Russell's distinctive gruff voice was right on. His long hair and whiskers have turned white. The band of Brian Lee on piano, Jackie Wessel on bass, Chris Simmons on guitar and Brandon Holder on drums was excellent. The opening number, "Jumping Jack Flash," rocked. Rhythm whispered to Mercy, "They are so together." She also pointed out people were up and dancing.

"Papa Was a Rolling Stone" continued the upbeat performance. "Kansas City" had soul and a smart keyboard solo. Jackie Wessel and Chris Simmons showed off nice backup vocals on "Kansas City Woman." Chris Simmons sang the lead on "Let the Good Times Roll," and "Any Way You Want Me to Go," with his powerful voice.

Russell took the lead back with forceful performances of "Back to the Highway," "Wild Horses," and "Hard Rain is Going to Fall." "Don't Fly Away," and "I've Just Seen a Face" also were high points. "Georgia" had a great keyboard solo.

"A Man's Got to Do What a Man's Got to Do" had people up and dancing. Jackie Wessel sang the lead and did a nice bass solo on "Old Walking Blues" with his expressive voice. Rhythm thought he looked like a Beatle.

The lead returned to Russell for "That Lucky Old Sun," which Brian Lee did a luscious piano solo on. The singer nailed "I'm Singing this Song For You," "Rolling in my Sweet Baby's Arms" and "Roll Over Beethoven." Mercy and Rhythm were surprised the group didn't play an encore. The band was in synch all night.

Puddletown Squares
Mercy stuck her head in at the Puddletown Squares mainstream class. This was the first time she had seen their new venue, Garden House on Beacon Hill. She liked the well-appointed building and old wooden floors. She was impressed by how well the dancers were picking up the steps. Her friend Reality had joined this class. Mercy had been sure since he loved Contra dances he would find square dances delightful. She had been right.

Rain Country Dance
Meanwhile, Cuteness and Equality have finished the Rain Country's two-step series. They liked starting to learn the dance. At one point some of the men were getting pretty raunchy, then they remembered Equality was there. Cuteness said it is hard to get racier than a 13-year-old. Mercy had intended to get to the Rain Country nights at Neighbours, but didn't get there soon enough. She was disappointed that the evening there was cancelled for lack of interest.

Coming Up
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to Chris Williamson at the Triple Door, December 2 (www.thetripledoor.net), Dina Martina at the Re-Bar (www.rebarseattle.com), and they want you to know that Renee Fleming is coming to Benaroya Hall on December 4 (www.seattlesymphony.org/symphony).

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