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Monday, October 25, 2010

Zoe Gilby - Splinter @ The Bridge

Zoe Gilby (vcl), Mark Williams (gtr), Graham Hardy (tpt), Andy Champion (bs), Richard Brown (dms).
I've heard Zoe many times over the past couple of years. Sometimes she was good, other times she was very good but tonight - tonight she was triple triple very good!
The voice, the stage presence, the rapport with the audience and, most importantly, the empathy with her fellow musicians all seems to have come together resulting in a performance worthy of Hall One at The Sage although I think the intimate atmosphere in the upper room at The Bridge is near perfect for her hands on approach.
The gig being part of Zoe's promotional tour it wasn't surprising that most of the songs came from the recently released Looking Glass CD and every one was a gem.
From the opening No More Blues to the final, up-tempo, That Old Black Magic the feelgood factor was there. Time After Time, May I Come In, the Champion/Gilby composition Your Words were some of the others that were all done to perfection.
The band were with her all the way - Mark Williams, cool and laid back, Andy rock solid, Richard Brown swinging things along...
Then there was Graham Hardy!
Depping for Noel Dennis, Graham played some of the most imaginative trumpet I've heard in recent times. His own band, Horn Dogs, are next week's featured group at The Bridge

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