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The Earl Klugh Sextet
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Earl Klugh on Guitar
Al Turner on Bass
Ron Otis on Drums
David Spradley on Keyboards
Al Duncan on Piano
Lenny Price on Saxophone

At
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NYC, NY
212.475.8592
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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 8, 2008


This was my first chance to hear Earl Klugh live, after listening to his recordings for so many years, and the evening was a true pleasure, with melodic mixed music, eclectic in style, fused with guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums, and sax. The second set opened with “Wind and the Sea”, with atmospheric sensation. Ron Otis had an early drum solo in the second piece, which was more abandoned and contemporary. Al Duncan, on piano, and David Spradley, on keyboards, were featured here, followed by Lenny Price, on sax, and Al Turner, on bass. Earl Klugh added steady rhythms and splendid riffs on his seasoned guitar. “Canadian Sunset” followed with rapture and musicality, perfect for an old-fashioned foxtrot, with background blending from Al Turner. The full band joined next in a piece led by Klugh and Price, enhanced by sharp drums and keyboards.

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” was led by Turner, ornamented by Price’s masterful tenor sax in atonal effects. Spradley’s keyboard sequences could have been a film score, mystical and nuanced. Price’s repetitive sax phrases were clear and swinging. Soon a salsa clavé beat ensued, with Spradley on two keyboards and the drums busy too. Turner’s bass added a lively dance pulse, emphasizing varied rhythms. Price took a sax riff, rambling and compelling, filling the Club with exotic dissonance and endless notes. Spradley added funky keyboard passages with deep “faux vocals”, that soon seemed like an invisible chorus. To add to this energy, Price played two saxes at once, an amazing feat, just before Turner and Klugh took over with impassioned pulsation. Spradley went wild, dancing onstage with his two keyboards exploding, and the band ended the excitement with a full fusion finale.

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Mark Fairchild and Charles Lane
Blue Note Management
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Lenny Price, Earl Klugh, Al Turner
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Ron Otis on Drums
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Lenny Price and Earl Klugh
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Lenny Price and Earl Klugh
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Al Turner on Bass
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David Spradley on Keyboards
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Earl Klugh on Guitar
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Al Turner on Bass
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Earl Klugh on Guitar
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Lenny Price on Saxophone
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Al Duncan and Lenny Price
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Al Turner on Bass
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Al Duncan and Lenny Price
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Ron Otis on Drums
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David Spradley on Keyboards
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Al Duncan and Lenny Price
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David Spradley Dances
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For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net