Force of July
There aren't even six degrees of separation between 7 Mile Doghouse Jam co-leader Andrew Speight and Bobby Timmons, the composer of "Moanin'", which Andrew and friends delivered in their first set last Sunday. Bobby, between a couple of stints with Art Blakey in the '50s, played piano and wrote songs for Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. Cannonball's trumpeting brother Nat was the first jazz luminary to bring Australian Andrew over to the States. But Andrew's approach to this classic Timmons song has been sounding more like laughing than moaning these days, with frisky arpeggios and clear, bright lines. While bandmate Ben Stolorow tickled his keyboard through his own solo on the number on Independence Eve, the animated Andrew took time to wander over in the direction of his sweetheart's nearby lumpia, making it back in time for the closing head. Some blamed sparse attendance at the early set on the extended Fourth of July weekend. but those there were enthusiastic and rewarded with a pyrotechnic performance, Vince Lateano sizzling his paradiddles and Peter Barshay making seductive slithery moves through his changes. The Duke's "Prelude to a Kiss" seemed perhaps best fitted to the balmy, open-door way in which Brisbane was keeping its hold on summer, though "No More Blues", for the second time in a week (the first by the Keepers of the Flame), heated up a tropical cultural exchange with Brazil, Vince working the perky bossa beat and Andrew elevating his alto's transpositions high above the reach of Cristo Redentor. Before joining his own love for a gustatory break between sets, Andrew slapped together a musical sandwich of "Hothouse" and "What Is This Thing Called Love?", briefly vocalizing the rhetorical question with charming down-under diction. Whatever love is, they're serving it insistent, sinuous, and hot at the 7 Mile.