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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Claire Kelly @ The Jazz Café - Newcastle. Saturday July 28.

Claire Kelly (vcl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs).
(Review by Lance)
From the moment Claire swung into Tiptoe Gently I relaxed. This was going to be good. With Paul Grainger laying down the pulse on bass and Steve Glendinning providing key and sympathy the mood was set for a nicely balanced trio.
No Moon At All could have been subtitled No Drums At All and, in truth, this was such a tightly knit unit that drums could have been obtrusive. It also served as an indication of just how far Claire's stage presence has developed. Sitting on a chair, a booted leg provocatively outstretched and one of those enigmatic smiles that can normally only be seen in The Louvre, it was no wonder That Even Fido Was Afraid To bark! - the poor mutt couldn't handle that - it wasn't easy for this poor mutt either!
Blues Are Out of Town is that rare creature - a happy blues! and a great number too although not without some uncertainty along the way! I Concentrate On You and a première of Born To Be Blue rounded off a first set that completely banished any misgivings I may have had after her Hoochie gig.
The second set had more gems - The Carpenter's Masquerade reminded us that Karen Carpenter was a class act - and so indeed is Claire who did  the melancholy song justice! Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby, another blues, Ain't Nobody's Business if I Do with, I suspect, some of Claire's own lyrics added. Finally a couple of my favourites from her pad - Aqua de Beber and Guilty.
Full praise must be given to Steve and Paul. Both in solo and support they held it all together beautifully. My only regret was not being able to stay longer but time and the number 27 wait for no one.
Lance.
PS: Support the Jazz Café (Pink Lane, Newcastle) it is unique!

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