©Brett Delmage, 2018
Mike Rud ©Brett Delmage, 2018

Mike Rud, Don Cummings, and Michel Delage
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel
Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 8 p.m.

There's a strong tradition in modern jazz of combining guitar with organ, and Don Cummings and Mike Rud drew upon that soulful style last weekend at the Brookstreet Hotel. In their show on Saturday, Cummings' Hammond organ created swelling chords and a powerful vibe over which Rud added intense, flying guitar lines, with drummer Michel Delage propelling the music on drums.

The show was part of Delage's monthly tribute series in Brookstreet's Options Jazz Lounge, but it didn't have a specific theme. Instead, the musicians made a point of learning new-to-them repertoire for organ and guitar, generally from the hard bop and soul jazz era of the 1960s. They included pieces by organists Jack McDuff and Jimmy Smith, guitarists Kenny Burrell and George Benson, and jazz icons John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, and Lee Morgan. I particularly enjoyed the trio's sincere and beautiful rendition of Ellington's “Come Sunday”.

The trio's music attracted a steady crowd of listeners, including local jazz musicians, with new faces arriving to replace those who headed home. They provided consistent applause – and even cheers for favourites like George Benson's "The Cooker".

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