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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Variety isn't always the spice of life. Jo Wallfisch Band @ the Spice of Life

Jo Wallfisch (vcl); Jim Hart (vbs); Masa Kamaguchi (bs); Rob Garcia (dms).
I love "The Spice" as is well known. However, last night wasn't the best of nights at the Cambridge Circus jazz cellar.
Normally, Pal Joey (Paul Pace) sets the ball rolling followed by a set from the second banana, then the "wannabees" take over finishing with the headline act.
Not tonight.
Don't get me wrong, Jo Wallfisch has a good voice and she uses it well her scat singing is particularly effective and,  backed by the above musicians, she couldn't go wrong. The lady is also a talented songwriter as her 90% self-penned material proved but, good as they were I longed for something a little more familiar to hang my hat on.
Having said that, Jo was still impressive, Jim Hart, for me, is the worlds number one vibist, Noah Preminger blew fine post Gertzian tenor and bassist Masa Kamaguchi excelled throughout - never less than in the bass/vocal duo number I Could Tell You. Rob Garcia too was a force to be reckoned with on drums.
An excellent evening that didn't quite cut it for me.

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