Talking Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and John Coltrane: Detroit piano legend Kirk Lightsey, who appeared on such sumptuously gorgeous Dexter Gordon records as American Classic (Elektra Musician, 1982 - interestingly also namechecked on the spoken word 'An Interview with Dexter Gordon' track), is pictured above left with UK breakout jazz stars tenor saxophonist Xhosa Cole and pianist Deschanel Gordon at the Inntöne Keyboards Festival this weekend held in the Buchmannhof near Diersbach in Austria where they performed on Saturday, Lightsey topping the bill with the Stéphane Belmondo Quartet. Coltrane sat in with Kirk when the pianist was playing with Yusef Lateef back in the day.
Kirk was also close to Joe Henderson performing with the great saxophonist and he has recorded Joe's classic 'Isotope' in elegant trio mode. • Later at the Inntöne Keyboards Festival festival Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis headline at 10pm.
Photo: Oliver Weindling