Review: P.J. Perry and jazz pals put summer on ice

Sax veteran P.J. Perry and his quality quartet imported cool jazz to south Cowichan last week. - Peter W. Rusland
Sax veteran P.J. Perry and his quality quartet imported cool jazz to south Cowichan last week.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Like a pampered Rolls Royce, sax veteran P.J. Perry's quartet casually hummed through a jar of jazz pieces during last Saturday's show near Shawnigan Lake.

The alto- and tenor-horn legend was flanked by trombone titan Ian McDougall, guitar great Oliver Gagnon, and upright bass ace Neil Swainson for their packed show in Sylvan United Church.

Perry and his pals enjoy playing jazz so much, they were even gigging on their summer holidays.

It was Cowichan's pleasure.

The synchronized quartet breezed through All The Things You Are, Prince Albert, Red Cross, Home At Last, Groovin', and If You Could See Me Now.

The band's brand of cool music, in the well-ventilated, aurally blessed church was a welcome reprieve from the Warm Land's 95-degree heat.

No sweat in the Arctic.

Each player took a tasty solo while the other three guys laid back waiting their turn — an selflessly intuitive process even seasoned musicians can forget while continuing to play as if a whole song were theirs alone.

Less is often more in music's unspoken world of respecting others' talents before displaying yours.

Such was the case Saturday as Perry and company gave Cowichan jazz junkies their summer fix amid a mix of musical events spanning rockabilly and folk to country.

Come back soon boys.

Jazz-concert rating: 8.5 reeds out of 10.

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