A dutiful audience got an earful and a soul-stirring fulfillment at Farmer's Market - West Patio on July 10, 2008. Please correct me if I'm wrong but didn't we go to the Moon in July, 1969?
Well all of us didn't go so...The Elliot Caine Quartet shuttled us through the galaxy of Lee Morgan, Benny Golson tunes, and pieces that were their original compositions. It was a melody of straight ahead, Latin-tinted, and standards.
Elliot's Quintet consisted of the following ingenious musicians
Paul Randall - Saxophone
Rick Olsen - Piano
Kenny Elliott -Drums
Bill Markus - Electric Bass
Elliot Caine -Trumpet and Flugel Horn
The quintet began with a Benny Golson soul-filled tune, "Along Came Betty" which was silky self-possessed, and suspended like one gliding through the breeze sharing the flare.
As a tribute to Lee Morgan on what would be his 70th birthday, one of his signature pieces, "Cornbread" was affectionately bestowed upon the audience. If one didn't previously care for the coarse carbohydrate, after experiencing the Elliot version, you were head over heels in love.
Inspiring solos transpired in what appeared a spontaneous fashion.
The quintet performed a great piece by Elliot, "Blues from Mars" that exemplified basic blues-filled changes and a tantalizing pulse that acted like support under your wings as you were flying as Paul Randall did on drums. Even though Elliot's band took us to another wonderful orbit in the musicality they displayed, Kenny Elliot on drums took it even higher with soulful accents. In the midst of all this, Rick Olsen on piano articulated elation, concentration, and soaring changes on every phrase. It was truly was a joyous journey.
Bill Markus on Electric Bass matched the beauty and soul of the evening on each tune with a subtle and vocal sense of rhythm.
Yet another treat, "Blues for the revolution" an Elliot composition was met with ardent applause from all of us revolutionary jazz fans.
It is easy to attach oneself with the Elliot Caine Quintet as one listens to the body, soul, and spirit of their intense attention to blues and jazz.
The ensemble blends as one while highlighting each individual member in their own specialty. As one they are thrilling in the essence of the word.
Look for more Jazz and other great music at Farmer's Market in Los Angeles on 3rd and Fairfax on Thursday and Friday Nights through Labor Day.
Ultimately, look for the Elliot Caine Quintet whenever you see the band in your local area.