Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2018: Shakatak

The closing act of the festival were legendary group Shakatak, founded in 1980 and still going strong. Next to founding members Bill Sharpe on keys, Roger Odell on drums, George Anderson on bass and Jill Saward on vocals, percussion and flute, we got Jacqui Hicks on vocals, sax and flute, and Alan Wormaid on guitar. The band went through their greatest hits, like "Night Birds", "Streetwalkin'", "Day By Day" (which originally featured Al Jarreau), "Easier Said Than Done" and others. They stuck to the songs closely and didn't solo extensively, which was a bit sad given the talent at hand, they also did only one instrumental, thus not meeting my expectations. On the other hand, the old-school bass and drums solo featuring the slapping of George Anderson was pretty cool. They came back for one more, doing "Down On The Street", having everybody on their feet, ending the festival in style.