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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Ruth Lambert/Stuart Collingwood @ Vermont Hotel, Newcastle - April 3

Ruth Lambert (vcl); Stuart Collingwood (pno).
(Review by Lance).
This was a very Good Friday indeed! A solo set by Paul Edis at the Jazz Caff (reviewed by Russell above) put me in the right frame of mind for the short hop across the city centre to the Vermont Hotel. There was a full moon so where else could one celebrate it other than Vermont?
After the intensity  of listening to a solo recital by Paul Edis - don't get me wrong Paul, this is meant as a compliment - I thought the 3 days long piece by Freddy Chopin was fantastic and as one who struggled with the Schaum books I could but gasp in awe! However, once seated in the plush Redwood Bar of the Vermont Hotel listening to Stuart Collingwood comping and soloing with Ruth Lambert how blessed (I use the word blessed as it's Good Friday) I felt to be able to hear such fine, albeit, different, music on a night when the area between the two gigs was awash with - hobbledehoys and ne'er-do-wells. Doubt if Chopin was high on their play list!
Back to Vermont - Pennies in a stream...  Pennies don't come into the equation here! But why should they? This is a 4 star hotel giving residents classy, sophisticated music by the best Newcastle has to offer.
Soft, gentle and laid back, Ruth and Stu rubber stamped Is You Is or Is You Ain't my Baby?; Blue Moon; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; That Old Devil Moon; Let's Fall in Love and a Bonnie Raitt number that upped the ante. I'd have hung around longer but the number 27 was approaching. I enjoyed what I heard..
Lance.
PS: 4 star hotel? it gained an extra 2 stars tonight!

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