Thursday, September 15, 2016

Live Music: Nothing Fancy - Just great music from Clancy (Eccles) at the Alibi

On his prior gig at the start of September, Clancy Eccles Jr stuck mostly to the rich vein of Jamaica's ska tradition, aided  and abetted by the Pon Fyah band ( Ozoune on keyboards, Carlton Jarrett on bass and Richardo on drums) along with the very promising "import" (all the way from St Thomas, Andrew on trombone.
Clancy Eccles Jr (in red0 with Arthur Williams and john Hinds at the Alibi Wednesdays

the inevitable return engagement 2 weeks later was a more free-wheeling yet soulful affair, drawing from a range of popular ballads and mid-tempo numbers spanning a wide time span and artists.

In the end, such details hardly mattered. What did was great entertainment and enjoyable nights, which have been a trademark for the now veteran crooner, himself an inheritor of a great and oft-acknowledged vocal tradition.

And, in the now established Alibi tradition, there were surprise guests - in the first instance, the always welcome, supremely handy saxophonist Nicholas Laraque, a frequent visitor to the Alibi on those occasions when his services are not in demand among Jamaican music's finest touring the world.

On the more recent outing, two nights ago, Clancy was supported by two other Alibi loyalists, though not quite as often seen. Known for his rich baritone voice, and prowess on bass guitar, the hitmaker Mikey Spice is perhaps less known as a multi-instrumentalist. He showed his easy flair on keys on bass, and on vocals. A long-time first call drummer on the Jamaican scene, Akil "Red bull" Karram has decamped to South Florida, but still makes a point of passing through "Yard" and on those visits, he's often on the prowl for a live gig to sit in on. Wednesday night was no exception showcased the maturation of his hard-charging yet   deliberate style.

All in all, the Wednesday Live jazz series continues to gather steam as it closes in on the completion of its first year at the high-rise Alibi venue.

Its anybody's guess as to exactly who will come through or what will go down on future Wednesdays, but its bound to be great

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