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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Liane Carroll & Brian Kellock @ The Sage.

Liane Carroll (vcl), Brian Kellock (pno).
The gig got off to a bad start for me. In their wisdom, the good, or do I mean greedy?, burghers of Gateshead have raised the car park charges at the Sage. Whereas it was free after 9:00 pm now you have to wait until 11:00 pm for the the free bit to kick in by which time most concerts have finished. This means that what was £1.70 is now £3.90 which, according to my abacus means an increase of circa 129%. Needless to say, I wasn't in a good mood when Liane and Brian came on with LC firing on all cylinders for the most incredible "Witchcraft" ever, it was too much for me to take in.
However, once my anger subsided and I reflected on what I'd just heard I realised this was someone rather special.
"I Only Have Eyes For You" kept the groove going whilst "The Nearness of You" was tender without being maudlin. "Pennies From Heaven" saw the game lifted with an amazing solo by Brian - there have been some great pianomen around lately - Dave Newton and Robert Mitchell to name but two - Brian Kellock is up there with them.
"Someone To Watch Over Me" - Liane wrung every ounce from this one. Her vocal wizardry is just amazing. The lines, the intervals, the pitching, the ideas - they flow like a Sonny Rollins solo.
"Alfie" - something else - this really was what it's all about.
I must also say that, apart from singing, Liane is a very humourous person and her remarks, even her facial expressions, suggest that she could also cut it on the comedy circuit. Sample, "This next song is entitled 'It Never Entered My Behind'"! The final tune, I didn't recognise but it had quite a contemplative feel to it.
The less than full house came away knowing they'd been privileged to a performance by two of the very best - Liane & Brian, take a bow and come back soon.
Those who didn't make it will have to get used to my smug, superior, expression for the next 100 years.
Lance.

3 comments :

Jim McD said...

Lance, it was Tom Waits' - 'Take it with me when I go'.

Lance said...

Thanks Jim. Did the lady herself tell you?

The LondonJazz site said...

This is what Liane Carroll put on her Twitter after the gig

"just done a lovely gig at the sage theatre in gateshead with brian kellock. new songs, no rehearsal, but fun and scary. goodnight x x"

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