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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

Christian McBride

Trombonist Julian Priester’s contributions and collaborations to and within the world of jazz have earned him not just the respect and admiration, but also the affection of those he has touched along the way. And so there was a sense of relief and celebration in the air when Priester returned to performing, at a benefit to defray some of the costs of the liver transplant he underwent last year. To be more accurate, the ingredients were relief, celebration and a huge helping of talent-including a reunion of the legendary Herbie Hancock Sextet from the ’70s.

The evening opened with a sextet led by drummer Babatunde Lea, featuring Wayne Wallace, Angela Wellman and Danny Armstrong on trombones, Glen Pearson on piano and Jeff Chambers on bass. Wallace’s sly plunger solo led into a beautiful “In a Sentimental Mood,” which built up to an ebullient “March of the Jazz Guerrillas,” on which they were joined by the man of the hour.

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