A serene road leads to the oasis of Betty Hoover's venue filled with versatility, warm connection and pure charm on Sunday afternoon, July 18th in the backdrop of Hollywood Hills, CA.
The Bobby Floyd Quartet captivated the audience with a fulfilling selection of tunes that spoke eloquently in dimensions that were soulful, spiritual, sensitive, and composed.
A surpreme experience from Rickey Woodard on Saxophone, Graham Dechter on Guitar, Steve Barnes on Drums, and Bobby Floyd on Organ and Piano unfolded from the first tune performed.
Jack McDuff's "Rock Candy". A 12 Bar Blues that was swinging and sailing with creatively long solos by Bobby, Graham, and Rickey couple with exquisite snare and hi hat playing from Steve, a most intitutive Drummer.
Nat "Cannonball" Adderly's "The Work Song" was drenched in the Blues denoting a spiritual link that took us back in time by simply closing your eyes and feeling the pulse.
Steve gave a march-like approach akin to Benny Golson's "Blues March" tune on his soloing and accompaniment. He adds textures and colors that modulate with perfection. Steve was acutely attentive to the feel and moment of any given piece in correlation with Bobby, Graham, and Rickey. It was obvious he was having a grand time and the expressive light in the eyes of all the musicians indicated an inner link that was perfect for the next tune.
Bobby entitled this locked in the groove piece, "United". There was a very beautiful space given to the tune done in 3/4 time alluding to an ultimate refreshing like cool showers on a hot summer day. Everything was so in the moment and the bond between Bobby and Graham was magical.
In answering the call to give thanks, Bobby proceeded to perform "This Little Light of Mine" and asked the audience to join in. Steve gave his own shout out "Oh Lord" as he kept a driving vibe with lots of hi hat communication.
There was a nice marriage of revered Gospel and R & B made on this tune by all the musicians. Rickey on Sax told his private sermon and the congregation of afficiondos gave hearty Amen's.
The same rang true of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" when it was performed as rhythm was truly in the house of Hoover when Bobby simultaneously played Organ and Piano.
Rickey gave us a measure of 2 of Charlie Parker's "Au Privave" when the quartet performed Saxophonist Sonny Rollin's "Oleo" and the long trade of 4's was heavenly.
Graham displayed awareness beyond his years on this dynamic piece that brought a pleased smile to the countenance of Bobby, Rickey, and Steve.
Bobby showered the audience with more of his expertise on the Ivory and Ebony keys with a solo performance of George Gershwin's "The Man I Love". It was an arrangement that was lush, tender, and inviting.
The usage of space and time was utilized to precision throughout each piece that kept audience attendees emerged in the journey of music bliss.
This was a perfect passage for a Sunday afternoon and prelude into the week ahead.
I would like to give a very grateful shout out to our gracious and innovative host - Betty Hoover. The ultimate Queen of Jazz at the A Frame.
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