That sound was on fine display on Friday, December 7, in the South County Jazz Club's matinee concert series in Venice FL. Duffy's quartet featured the leader on tenor and alto saxes, trumpet and vocals, Matt Bokulic on piano, Patrick Bettison on bass and Johnny Moore on drums. With range and soulfulness, Duffy's singing was also a strength throughout the program.
The afternoon's material hopscotched through the Great American Songbook and the jazz canon to The Beatles and Hoagy Carmichael.
Given the holiday season at hand, Duffy's instrumental opener on Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" included fleeting references to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and later in his solo, to "Jingle Bells."
Bokulic quickly got into the spirit in another way. On "They Can't Take That Away From Me," the pianist seamlessly dropped in a line from "How are Things in Glocca Mora?" from the 1947 Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow.
- The band's take on Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" brought to the fore the depth and passion in Duffy's tenor sax style.
Duffy on "Cantaloupe Island"
- Duffy switched back and forth between the tenor and his trumpet,on Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island," often starting a musical phrase with one and ending with the other.
- Bettison was featured beautifully on jazz harmonica on "The Days of Wine and Roses."
- Duffy dig out his alto sax for a novel treatment of Hancock's "Watermelon Man," which was a mega-hit for Mongo Santamaria. Duffy riffed the melody on alto and tenor sax simultaneously but shifted back to tenor for his solos. It was well done, as in this case, done sparingly. You wouldn't want to hear a full afternoon if it.
- The quartet's version of Wayne Shorter's jazz chestnut "Footprints" was a tour de force, reflecting just how locked in the four players were on this gig.
|Matt Bokulic, Patrick Bettison, Paul Duffy, Johnny Moore|
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