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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Montreux Jazz Festival - Diana Krall, George Benson. July 18

(Review by Ron Ainsborough.)
I am a huge fan of Diana Krall, having many CDs and DVD's by her. So I'm au fait with  her repertoire. This was the first time I'd seen her live and you got what it says on the tin. I Thoroughly enjoyed her set of 1.30. hours, first class singing, musicianship etc, and as predicted or expected none of her music makes me sit up and say Whow!!!! I would nearly go so far as to say she is now on the fringes of the jazz spectrum, just a debatable point though. I'm not taking anything away from her it was a lovely one and a half hours.
The second set featured the George Benson Band who did a set reprising most of his vocal hits of the past many years. Not unlike Diana Krall, he too has largely retreated from the jazz face. His following of fans in the hall were all behind him and he was obviously very popular. I have a couple of his 60 's recordings where he plays great jazz guitar, but his repertoire does not get remotely close to that side of his musical life now. Faultless singing and the musicians with him were top quality but it did not hold my attention. Consequently we retreated to the bar long before he finished and watched him on the big screens outside the main hall.
A pleasant night of music though.
Roll on Montreux  2014 , we love the place!!!!!!
Ron Ainsborough.

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