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Saturday, April 20, 2013

CD Review: Hot Fingers - By a Waterfall.

Thomas 'Spats' Langham (gtr/bjo/uke/vcl); Danny Blyth (gtr/mand/clt/bs clt); Malcolm Sked (bass/tuba) + Emily Campbell (vcl); Mike Piggott (vln).
(Review by Lance).
Last night Hot Fingers wowed the Customs House (review to follow) and no doubt they will do the same tonight at Trinity Church and Centre, Gosforth.
By a Waterfall recorded in 2009 and released a couple of years later features the trio augmented by vocalist Emily Campbell and violinist Mike Piggott.
The addition of the Grappelli-like fiddle of Piggott gives a Djangolic aura to much of the CD which isn't dispelled by Langham's dexterous solos - he does Django to perfection executing those dazzling fingerlickin' runs so beloved of Hot Club exponents. And of course there are the Langham vocals - always exceptional. Blyth's support on rhythm guitar and mandolin adds to the evocative atmosphere of a club in1930s Montparnasse as does his all too rare bursts on clarinet. Sked is the backbone on either double bass or tuba keeping it all together.
Emily Campbell has a pleasant voice - not really a jazz voice - I get the impression of someone coming into the idiom from say the folk or traditional music world. Perhaps even a classical or theatre background. Nevertheless, she does it well and adds an extra dimension to a very listenable CD.
Lance.

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