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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. March 22

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
A busy Saturday night in the Jazz Café. A prime spot bagged, a table shared with a clutch of jazz singers in town to hear Ruth Lambert. West Coast Blues. Lambert had a gig goin’ in the Caff. The band – Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder – relaxed, in form, a winning formula.
I Fall in Love Too Easily, Lambert lamented: …my heart should be well schooled. Bonnie Raitt’s Love Me Like a Man, a shared favourite of our vocalist and this reviewer. Lambert wondered out loud…Will Raitt one day feature in the Gas Book? Looking around the room, listeners were transfixed, Lambert at the top of her game as guitarist Strong played the blues as tastefully as one could wish hear. No Moon at All, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (the boys in the band at their best), a measured Angel Eyes.
The second set was just like the first – magical. Let’s Do It, Skylark (wow!), Blue Skies. In the company of an A-list singer, she confided that listening to Lambert was like attending a master class. From one A-lister to another, no higher praise. Time After Time, some gigs just get better and better, Lambert casually leaning against the piano, there’s little else to say other than catch one of Lambert’s forthcoming gigs – she is in prime form.      
Russell.     

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