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Friday, March 25, 2011

Trio of Oz: Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Just been to a wonderful gig by the Trio of Oz, comprising Omar Hakim (drums), Rachel Z (piano) and Solomon Dorsey (acoustic bass). Hakim is one of the best drummers in the world, possibly the best right now, and the enthusiasm of my son the drummer dragged me along in his wake. And boy, am I glad it did. It's been a long time since I attended a straight jazz gig (not jazz-rock or jazz-funk or any other kind of hyphenated jazz) and Ruairidh had never been to one before. It's been even longer since I saw a jazz group who played so amazingly. I could happily have listened to any one of the three musicians, performing alone, all night.

Isn't it sad that because Omar Hakim is a Muslim, and because Rachel Z is married to him, there are folk around who would like to:

- deny them the right to travel by air, anywhere
- throw them in jail for sedition
- expel them from the USA
- kill them

Personally I consider Omar and Rachel vastly better ambassadors for the USA than any of the un-American clowns in those links, especially unindicted war criminal and Presidential hopeful Allen West.

Here they are last year, with a different bassist, in the same venue as tonight and doing one of the same numbers.

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