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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. February 22

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass) + Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone) + Ray Burns (harmonica)
(Review by Russell).
Saturday night at the Jazz Café, the listeners’ seats taken, an obscured-view seat the next best option. A bottle of Prince Bishop at hand, hello to Ruth, note pad at the ready in the absence of Bebop Spoken Here’s Main Man (‘Man Flu’, apparently). Ms Lambert’s trio, a perfect fit for the venue, kicked off with You and the Night and the Music. Remarkably, those in attendance ceased conversation, opting to listen. Hoagy’s masterpiece – Skylark – followed. 
How to follow that? More Songbook classics, that’s how. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To featured guitarist Giles Strong. Space at a premium, Lambert squeezed up against the upright piano: Not quite the Fabulous Baker Boys! quipped our vocalist. A first class selection of tunes comprised the remainder of the first set – Bonnie Raitt’s  Love Me Like a Man (Graeme Wilson sat in), all excelled, Angel Eyes (Wilson featured) and That Old Feeling. The Big Lamp beer supply exhausted, the equally palatable Workie Ticket (Mordue) went down a treat (a bit like substituting George Best with Lionel Messi).
Second set…’the ABC of it’…Lambert fronting the Customs House Big Band! No, this was the trio format – Teach Me Tonight. A switch to up tempo material – How High the Moon was all but eclipsed by No Moon At All (superb, effortless vocals). How Insensitive took it down, coinciding with an alcohol-fuelled increase in the volume of audience chit-chat. How insensitive, indeed. Alright, okay, the audience wins. Crank it up with West Coast Blues, that’ll show ‘em! For an encore, Ms Doris Day! A Secret Love. I don’t’ know about those Baker Boys but one thing is for certain – we were listening to the Fabulous Ms Ruth Lambert.        
Russell

1 comment :

Liz said...

a good revue Russell, I was humming along as I read, bringing those lovely numbers to life. Thank you

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