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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Zoe Gilby Trio – The Jazz Café January 4

Zoe Gilby (Vocal) Andy Champion (D.Bass) Mark Williams (Guitar) Guest appearance Stuart Collingwood (Piano).
(Review by Kath Jobes)
Saturday night and I was out for the evening with some friends, no intention to write-up the gig, so I left my notebook at home…destination The Jazz Café on Pink Lane to see the fabulous Zoe Gilby and Co.  It was superb, and I just have to tell you folks if you weren't there, you missed out on a magical evening.
Yes indeed, there was magic in the air as Zoe commenced with That Old Black Magic, moving on to a loves song In It Together as the gathered crowd listened quite attentively, with just a small amount of background chatter from the back of the room.  Then came In The Warm Room, enthralling the audience who became absolutely silent as we were enfolded in Zoe’s beautiful words, and the joy of magnificent bass and guitar solos… and hey we wouldn't expect anything less!  Travelling Blues was followed by a delightful Just Squeeze Me and the next song was dedicated to her mother, Red Headed Girl, which is based on the life of her mother in days gone by… what a lovely tribute.  Mark Williams then left the stage to allow a tremendous husband and wife trip to Graceland… a song they had previously performed at a friend’s wedding… and what a treat.  The set came to an end with a tribute to both Doris Day and Carmen McCrae with Secret Love… firstly sung in the lovely style of Doris, and then segued into a lively raunchier version al la Carmen McCrae.
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Set two commenced with a Pink Floyd tune, Money, I loved this interpretation… yes guys I do like a bit of Floyd, having grown up with brothers that played lots of heavy metal and rock… I’m partial to it when the mood takes me… and if you like progressive rock, as Andy does… Mostly Autumn is really good to listen to… oh dear, I have done it again… off at a tangent instead of keeping to the Jazz… oh well indulge me a little eh? 
So moving swiftly on… some more original tunes: Your Words and Is It Me. were followed by a tribute to Andy’s daughter – Eleanor, written by Andy when she was born and later Zoe helped to put words to this beautiful melodic tune.  Next we were transported to Marrakech, where the couple honeymooned 3 years ago as Zoe sang Red City.   The Midnight Bell saw the introduction of a guest pianist in the form of Stuart Collingwood, who sat in for the rest of the set to play exquisitely during Caravan and Straight No Chaser… simply magical!
Kath J.

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