Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2017: Alex Bugnon & Harvey Mason

The second show on Sunday morning featured two veterans of the scene, keyboardist Alex Bugnon and drummer Harvey Mason, backed by Mark Jaimes on guitar, Orefo Orakwue on bass, Lutz Deterra on keys, plus special guest Miguel Ramon on saxophone. They started with "Take Five", followed by "The World Is A Ghetto", before they funked it up with Herbie Hancock's "Actual Proof", perfect material for those veteran players that represent the 70ies jazz-funk period well. A highlight of the show was Alex Bugnon's heartfelt rendition of "A House Is Not A Home" that pulled all the stops. Another good one was his Funkadelic/Parliament medley, showing where his musical heart lies. Harvey Mason not only provided a rock solid backdrop, he delivered several awesome drum solos exploring the sounds of his instrument in all directions. They funked it up with "Watermelon Man", done in a decidedly Headhunters style with some funky bass by Orefo Orakwue, finishing their show with Grover Washington Jr.'s "Mr. Magic" featuring the sax of Miguel Ramon. They returned for an encore, doing Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon", another track where Harvey Mason played on the original recording. This was an outstanding show by two excellent players offering lots of improvisation and interplay.