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Monday, July 27, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Budtones - July 25

Fiona Finden (vocals, soprano sax); Stu Finden (tenor sax); Andy Porritt (keys); James Archer (bass); Eric Stutt (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
The band were straight in, no messing, with The Message, piano chops followed by his solo, solos all round, fours between drums and tenor, smart lively music, which we’ve come to expect from this talented band. And so it continued, music towards the boppy end of the jazz spectrum, playing to a smallish audience – where were you, you’ve all missed a treat?
Lots of choruses from Fiona, including Horace Silver’s Sister Sadie (‘Sister Sadie was a mean chick’), sung with a sense of fun; the mellow Just Friends; a very sensitively sung How Insensitive; and Pretty Eyes, which was based on a different song called Whispering. Then came International Women’s Day, original lyrics by Fiona, sung to a tune 4 on 6, with a drum solo; Bye Bye Blackbird; You Don’t Know What Love Is, sung with feeling.
Instrumentals without singing gave Fiona a chance to contribute her soprano sax skills instead; so we had Dizzy Gillespie’s Groovin’ High; This I Dig Of You, as taught to the band by local lad Dean Stockdale, besides, of course, the opening number. As I’ve said before in gig reviews, it’s difficult to say anything which hasn’t been said before about a band which is so reliably good to listen to.
Ann Alex 

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