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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Grace Ellen Quintet @ The Star, Newcastle. March 13, 2013

Grace Ellen (vcl); Katy Trigger (bs); Matt Spence (gtr); Dan Smith (alt); John Allen (dms). + Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Sarah Travena (alt);? guitar.
(Review by Lance.)
Ms Allen ran through a tried and tested program of familiar material - in some cases almost direct covers - including Dance me to the End of Love (Madeleine Peyroux), Over The Rainbow (Eva Cassidy); How High the Moon (Ella); Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (Annie Lennox); Fever, Black Coffee, I Love Being Here With You (Peggy Lee); I Can't give You Anything But Love (Rose Murphy) and Summertime (everybody!)
It's a good, young band with lots of potential. Katy Trigger continues to impress on bass whilst alto and guitar also soloed well albeit for rarely more than a full chorus. Drummer Allen didn't solo but kept the band on track and handled the frequent changes of tempo (intentional I hasten to add) with ease. The leader sang well and it was a good set.
For the jam session, Lindsay sang a couple with Sarah Travena on alto, a guitarist whose name I failed to catch along with Katy and Allen. Another good set.
Lance.
PS: Apologies to Katy for missing her off the photo!

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