The Jazzcat

Bobby West at the Lucy Florence Coffee House Art Gallery and Performance Space

by on Nov.03, 2004, under News

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Have you ever walked in a place that you have never been and

it felt like home? This is exactly how I felt from the moment I walked in to

the Lucy Florence Coffee House Art and Performance Gallery. They have made a

few transitions from up on the east side of Hollywood to 43rd and Degnan and

then to another location directly across the street. This venue has it all and

is another perfect piece in the monopoly board of life, love, culture, art and

music that is Leimert

Park.

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I walked in and the first person I saw was Dwight Trible.

Ken Moore was there with his lovely daughter, Jo Ito from “All About Jazz” as

well as a few jazz lovers that I see all over town supporting jazz music and

many more that I have not quite yet had the pleasure. I am happy to see them

all because these people who are out for the second set supporting a small

black owned business in the community are the ones who really make a

difference. Ken Moore invited me down to see Bobby tonight and his exact words

were “This man is a genius”! I understood the passion because all too often

great musicians are not given their due. Ken is one, as well as I, who go out

on a limb to promote and support the players and the music even in the face of

certain financial circumstances, that shall we say, are less than favorable at

most. Yet the riches and rewards that we receive from this music are far

greater than anyone could ask for.

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Bobby is a very appreciative and gracious cat. He too

appreciates that everyone hung around for the second set and he did not

disappoint us one bit. Big sounding masterful pieces of beauty rich with the

romantic stories of our lives. The performance space is quite intimate and

provided the perfect ambiance to evoke emotions that can only be experienced by

the synchronicity of three dauntingly beautiful sounds: piano, bass and drums.

Bobby playing with a warm elegance and bass player Joel Ector is, as Charlie

Mingus would say, “Playin’ what he’s feelin’”. Dexter is an uplifting spirit

full of rhythmic timekeeping soul!

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After playing some lovely renditions of standards and originals,

Bobby rolled out an introduction fit for a king for his friend and long time

musical companion Dwight Trible. Bobby is a poetic speaker as well as jazz

pianist whose class is displayed in his music as well as in his presentation. Dwight

stepped in to bless us with a few of his precious jewels. His enchanting voice

fills and takes control of the room only to bestow upon us the gifts of

spiritual love and creative raw truths of universal peace for all men.

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These musicians pose such tremendous talents that they give

freely to share their experiences in music and life with us. They are to be

commended for their diligence in pursuing their dream in life, and sharing it

with us no matter what it may cost them. Have you ever experienced Dwight

performing Freddie Hubbard’s “Little Sunflower”? Well, this little sample I

have left you does not even come close to the real experience.

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When I used to do my jazz radio show at KKJZ here in Los Angeles, I had some

fantastic nights where I played the most outstanding set of music. Luckily, I

have captured some of these moments on tape. Because that is all that they

were, moments in time. When you do not go out to see these phenomenal talents

live, you are missing out on those particular moments in time. They are gone in

an instant never to return in quite the same way. We who have experienced them

personally can never get them back and you who were not present will never

understand what they could have been like. But, we can close our eyes and

recall on our senses to elicit simulations of those moments. We own that and it

is for life. The next time you have an opportunity to experience jazz music

that can enrich your soul, don’t miss the moment. It is good food for life!

 

LeRoy Downs


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