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Monday, October 10, 2011

Pink Martini @ The Sage - An intoxicating Cocktail of Joy!

The violin gently cajoled us into Ravel's Bolero. The horns took it up, the rhythm kept it going, and the scene was set.
The fans in the well-filled Hall One may have sighed with disappointment when they were told that China - the legendary China Forbes - wasn't on the gig but, the moment replacement Storm Large strutted on stage, China was history.
Tall and statuesque - Venus with arms - Storm took the auditorium by - wait for it - Storm - a large one!
Was it Amore Mia she opened up with? I don't know 'cept it was mucho appreciato!.
Brenda Sokell would have loved Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, (sung in Spanish) as indeed I did myself but the highlight of this set was Splendour in the Grass.with it's diversion into something by, I think, Tchaikovsky. It was sung superbly and the hall erupted with delight. Anna, a baion from a Gina Lollobrigida movie, was just one of the many hand-clapping numbers and I felt like dancing in the aisles. So many moments it's impossible to list them all but The Carioca, the Sing, Sing, Sing type number and Concerto for Trumpet - a piece by that master of the concerto, Harry James - showcasing the band's own trumpet man (was it Gavin? I didn't catch many names) who displayed the same wide vibrato beloved of the former Mr Grable - were some of them . The trombonist too had his moments but this wasn't a jazz gig, it wasn't even at the cutting edge of Latin music; where it was was at the forefront of entertainment - there have been few concerts of any genre that I have enjoyed more - one of the encores, What'll I Do?, is still running through my mind.
This ten piece Martini left me both shaken and stirred!
Lance.

1 comment :

Brian Chester said...

Great revue Lance, can't remember the last time I felt so emotional at a concert. This band must have a massive following and yet I had not heard of them till 2 weeks ago. They would be great on Later but Jools Holland mustn't have heard of them either

Brian Chester

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