The One That Got Away
Although I knew that the most intriguing jazz artist in Kansas City picked up a weekend gig at the Golden Ox's lounge, until last weekend I hadn't darkened the door of the steak house since I left my West Bottoms job a couple years ago. The profoundly masculine room is an ideal setting for Loren Pickford's trio. Even as he's shackled to a cocktail jazz format Pickford can't restrain himself from occasionally wailing like this. He also covers Tom Waits' skid row saga "The One That Got Away" with weary authority. It's the real deal.