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posted Friday, December 9, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 49
A Dyke About Town: Chick Corea Trio amazing
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A Dyke About Town: Chick Corea Trio amazing

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Chick Corea Trio
Reality joined Mercy for Chick Corea at Jazz Alley on December 2 because Cuteness was with Equality. Corea has won 17 Grammies. He was celebrating his 70th birthday with the tour. Mercy and Reality agreed he didn't look that age with his curly gray hair. Mercy feels a person who survives that long in show business without giving in to the temptations of addiction has to have learned how to take care of himself.

Chick started the evening by saying, 'It's a pleasure to introduce my genius partners.' Mercy agreed that was no understatement. Hans Glawischnig's bass was elegant. Brian Blade's drums had a light touch that worked well with Corea's sweet piano. Reality said, 'They are very smooth together. They know how to recede and come forward without a sharp transition. They clearly have a lot of fun playing off each other. They are a pleasure to watch. Every so often the Latin rhythms are there very subtly.'

The slow tempo and soft music set just the right mood for the second set. 'Alice in Wonderland' opened well, featuring piano and bass. 'Something in Paradise' followed nicely, with solos by Corea, Glawischnig, and Blades. Corea interpreted 'Round Midnight' with his own take. After 'Blue Monk' with piano and bass, an audience member sighed. 'Children's Song #10' with Chick and Hans gave Mercy a chuckle of satisfaction. Corea and Glawischnig were the focus of 'Old Blues.'

Mercy felt the standing ovation was earned. Thelonious Monk's 'Work' was a satisfying encore featuring piano, bass, and drums.

Rainbow City Band
Mercy enjoyed Rainbow City Band and Orchestra's concert A Celtic Carol on December 3 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. The bagpipe and penny whistle set the stage well. Michael Clark directed the band deliciously. Marge Rosen conducted the orchestra lusciously. The crowd gave two enthusiastic standing ovations.

Paybacks
Mercy has been reading and loving Gabrielle Goldsby's new novel Paybacks. It deals with Colby Dennis, a private investigator, and Mackenzie Brandt, a gym owner, meeting at their 10-year high school reunion. Nice sex in the locker room ensues, though romance is a bit more difficult. Minor characters are well drawn. A plot twist surprised Mercy.

Taj Mahal Trio
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to seeing the Taj Mahal Trio at Jazz Alley December 9-18 because they are long-time fans. Band members include Taj Mahal (vocals, piano, guitar, banjo, harmonica), Bill Rich (bass), and Kester Smith (drums).

Mahal has twice received Grammies for his distinctive blues over his five-decade career. He is a singer-songwriter who infuses world music into his songs. Mercy is happy Taj comes to Jazz Alley annually. His smile is the definition of infectious to her.

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