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Thursday, May 06, 2010

...nor was last night - The Claude Werner Quartet @ the Lescar Hotel Sheffield 5th May

Claude Werner Tenor Sax, Mark Williams Guitar, David Carnegie Drums, Laurence Blackadder Double Bass.
The Lescar Hotel hosts a weekly Arts Council supported jazz programme in Sheffield. The Claude Werner Quartet played two great sets and were received with great enthusiasm and appreciation by a 'Schmazz-like' audience. Murmerings of 'high quality' and 'lifting the standard' could be heard throughout the evening. The band were on top form, delivering uplifting interpretations of Claude's beautiful melodies.
I could pick out high points but even more impressive was the complete whole performance with its many variations and contrasts.
My Sheffield based uncle, who's last encounter with jazz was Humphrey Lyttleton 25 years ago, popped in to be sociable, doubting that it would be to his taste but found himself delighted by the music and amazed by the skill of the players. He stayed for the entire performance, wishing for more, before going off to buy the CD to listen to in bed that night.
Nicola Weaver.

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