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Monday, August 19, 2013

Polly Gibbons & The James Pearson Trio @ Cadogan Hall August 8.

Polly Gibbons (vcl); James Pearson (pno); Arnie Somogyi (bs); Matt Skelton (dms).
(Review by Flore)
As usual Cadogan Hall was well attended the for the weekly Out To Lunch Jazz Series. This week it featured Polly Gibbons with the James Pearson Trio who opened up with C Jam Blues. Pearson, the house pianist at Ronnie’s, is a prodigious talent who played in the style of several pianists even down to grunting like Keith Jarrett.  The Way You Look Tonight,  very much in the Erroll Garner style, concluded with some inspired work by Somogyi and Skelton.
Enter Polly Gibbons.
I wasn't familiar with the attractive 25 year old but from the opening bars of Almost Like Being in Love I knew we were in for a treat. Taken up tempo Polly sailed through the song her individuality immediately apparent.
The tempo slowed for The Meaning of the Blues. A soulful rendition that displayed the rich timbre of her voice. Behind her, Somogyi’s smokingly dirging bass supported her totally.
Bye Bye Blackbird was done very much tongue in cheek and the audience loved it.
Second set had the trio playing They Can’t Take That Away From me (or as Eddie Thompson used  to say They Can’t Take me Away From That!)
Polly returned for a Blues followed by an unusual take on Love For Sale that led to Pray from her album What’s The Reason?
The big finish came with Georgia on my Mind and Honeysuckle Rose. We left knowing we’d experienced a rare talent that deserves to be heard more often. And, of course, not forgetting the supporting trio. Somogyi is some bass player – he could leave his bass in my airing cupboard anytime.
Flore.

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