Riding fresh on the vibe generated by the single 90 in the shade. Heavyshift's debut apperance at the Jazz Cafe gave a first class, pretentious-free example of how to stay on the good foot without ever losing your balance, the band dived straight into the proceedings with the good-time funk of 'From Childbirth to Bingo' and continued to drive home the message with the rasping sax lead 'The Blue Mamba'
Two fine openers indeed and better was to come, firstly with a delightful version of Horace Silver's 'Song for my father' and then 'Bigfoot' another original sax rocker.
For me, the highlight of the evening came next with 'Ship to paradise' A Brecker Brothers meets Ronnie Laws kinda thang that was fabulous in it's execution. A fitting finale saw '90 in the Shade' topped by a farwell jam that did more than just cement their reputaion as one tight badass act.
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