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Friday, June 19, 2015

Mo Scott Trio @ The Lit & Phil. June 19

Mo Scott (vocals), Paul Edis (piano) & Neil Harland (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Stop This World. Its lunchtime and Mo Scott is singing. Lots of people stopped what they were doing (finishing work early, forsaking a Friday shopping ritual) to hear Mo sing the blues. Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, the Empress of the Blues Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered an adoring Lit & Phil crowd.
Fever, some Ellington – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore and Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me – and a stupendous take on Tell Me More and More and Then Some More. Paul Edis and Neil Harland worked empathetically with Scott, bassist Harland a long-time foil. 
Edis’ piano playing dovetailed neatly with Scott’s vocal delivery. As a working unit Scott has hit on something with this current line-up. Our vocalist is singing better than ever and it is to be hoped that this 2015 edition of the Mo Scott Trio hits the road with a number of gigs that one could call a ‘tour’. Mercy! Mercy! Mercy! – Scott can call a tune as it enters her head, and knowing that she has top class musicians at her side, the result is never less than A*.Ketty Lester’s  Love Letters concluded a fine set of jazz and blues.
July’s concert features the Sue Ferris Trio. The diminutive Ferris packs a punch on tenor and baritone saxophones and her flute playing is second to none. Arrive early or you will have to stand at the back of the room. Lit & Phil lunchtime gigs are popular. Put the date in your diary – Friday 17 July, one o’clock start.
Russell.

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