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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Clare Tea-Towel @ Customs House South Shields

Clare Teal (vcl), Simon Little (bs), Grant Windsor (pno), and Chris Dagley (dms).
The tea-towel heading isn't a puerile attempt at humour - well it is but only a little bit. The deal in the interval was; buy 2 CDs and get a free Clare Teal tea towel complete with the lady's name tastefully displayed in a corner.
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By and large it was a good gig despite the hall being less than full and the volume on the vocal mike should have been turned up ever so slightly. Nevertheless, the girl did good. "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "Cheek To Cheek" and "Night and Day" were swingers but the swingers' swinger was when Clare strutted her vocal stuff on Anita O'Day's "Tea For Two". Lip service maybe, but it brought the house down even without a picture-hat.
A trio of pindroppers - "I Loves You Porgy," "In The Still of the Night" and "Love Hurts" - held the audience's attention; the latter number confirming what I've always suspected - that there's a little cowgirl trying to escape from inside the jazzgirl. Indeed, even at her jazziest, Clare often throws in an inflection straight out of Nashville and there ain't nuttin' wrong wid dat, pardner.
On piano, Grant Windsor, an Australian no less, did the business as did drummer Chris Dagley - especially on latin numbers like "Eso Beso (ooh that kiss!)" and the Jobim samba. They were brilliant but personally, I'd have liked a horn or a guitar in the mix; not complaining though, it was a great show and, as always, I look forward to the next time.
Lance.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hi Lance - good blog! I help to manage Clare's website so if you ever need info, get in touch.

Sue

Lance said...

Thanks Sue. Forget to mention "The Coffee Song."
Brilliant.

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