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Tremendous Charles Owens trio cover of 'If 6 was 9' by Jimi Hendrix

Axis: Bold as Love song 'If 6 was 9' on a single just released by Charles Owens trio finds the band delivering once again. See more on the Owens trio here. Listening I was thinking of other jazz covers and how other top groups in the past have …

Published: 2 May 2021. Updated: 5 days.

Axis: Bold as Love song 'If 6 was 9' on a single just released by Charles Owens trio finds the band delivering once again. See more on the Owens trio here.

Listening I was thinking of other jazz covers and how other top groups in the past have covered the song. Heading my list is definitely the World Saxophone Quartet's treatment on 2004's superb slice of Hendrixiana, Experience. Check it out. Sax heaven and the WSQ take it quite free through superb intertwining interplay. Check David Murray's scalding start to the freer section. The Owens trio pare things back by contrast and concentrate on superlative groove.

Go back further to 1998 and to Don Byron, a player who I'd rate as just about the world's greatest living jazz clarinetttist leader (I've seen him live a few times eg in Berlin and Cheltenham so that convinced me as of course first of all did his classic Tuskegee Experiments [1992]), melding vocals and improvisation again in a very different treatment that has a swaying beat to it that works in a very loose way all of its own Byron wailing like no one's business. Later the tune goes into The Turtles' 'Happy Together'. SG. Charles Owens trio, top

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Next week on marlbank: look out for an interview with Russell Oliver Stone

Chiming with the release of the very fine Full House check marlbank next week for an interview with Russell Oliver Stone whose collaboration on the Stone Records release with studio legend Mitch Dalton is a significant pleasure. You may recall the …

Published: 1 May 2021. Updated: 6 days.

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Chiming with the release of the very fine Full House check marlbank next week for an interview with Russell Oliver Stone whose collaboration on the Stone Records release with studio legend Mitch Dalton is a significant pleasure. You may recall the marvellous R&J Stone 1976 song 'We Do it' that most songwriters would give their eye teeth for and listeners just thank their lucky stars when it comes on still on the radio. That hit song was a duet with his wife Joanne, once heard it is never remotely possible to be forgotten. It inhabits you and lives on beyond analysis and enters the pores.

Full House is jazz, Russell landing in a Georgie Fame space in terms of hipness, few can do that properly, and where there's a Wes there's a way. It's excellent. In the interview Russell will explain more about the making of the album.

Tracks include 'Up and At It' and 'West Coast Blues' the album also connects with the London zeitgeist of the 1960s. Album lyrics are very much cool, wise and erudite.

Big time session guitarist Mitch Dalton has incredible chops as is obvious on the record not only if you know his work, and reputation. Check him out on classic Van Morrison album Wavelength above and more recently with the Studio Kings. If you know Jo Caleb's work or more exactly Nigel Price's then you will see how Mitch was there back in the day. Players like Jo and Nigel stand on the shoulders of giants such as Mitch and ultimately to Wes Montgomery and go even further back to Charlie Christian pivotal in bebop and the Wes interior soundtrack as an inspiration. The duoplay on the record is just right.

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