Reviewed by Mike Harvey
Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Alvas Showroom in San pedro, I saw masterful bassist Bunny Brunel II and the lovely and multi-talented Kaylene Peoples at the Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA. Bunny gave us a great version of “Dolphin Dance” (my personal favorite of all his recordings) and flutist Kaylene blew us away on the flute with Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk.” Virgil Donati provided a creative & solid foundation on drums, and Bronx brother, Joe Calderon shredded on guitar from metallic outbursts to gentle complements to the ensemble. A surprisingly inventive and emotional performance by up and coming pianist Mahesh Balasooriya seemed to be enjoyed by his bandmates, as much as it was by the audience. Kaylene‘s vocals hit the spot, and what a charming lady she is!
Some highlights of jazz favorites performed that evening were “Dolphin Dance,””Take Five,””Lullaby of Birdland,””Night Streets,” “The Slide,””One Note Samba,””500 Miles High,” and “Stella by Starlight.”