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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Ruth Lambert Trio @ Ashington Jazz Club - July 1

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar), Mick Shoulder (bass).
(Review by Peter S.)
It was very difficult to describe the atmosphere at our evening meet at the Elephant. Several Jazz phrases came to mind - Jazz on a Summer’s Day, Summertime, Heat of the Night, Some Like it Hot, and Something Cool. It was certainly a Hot Time in the Old Town that Night.
The musicians are to be applauded for their endurance when only one window could be opened to give a little relief. The humid atmosphere raised sweat on all affecting the string instruments but fortunately
the event succeeded and no one broke a leg.
With Ruth perched comfortably on her high stool the programme began as the singer introduced the first number and gave it her unique treatment with cool support from the duo.
This set the mood for the evening of a cool mix of popular lyrics blended with several originals form Ruth and Mick.
The sultry ambience was evocative of an old time cellar, after hours, night club but without the smoke. Overall it was a pleasant evening of non-aggressive music just right for the occasion, pleasant on the ear and much appreciated. In conclusion the final songs were applauded by
rumbles of thunder and flashing lightning which must have pleased someone out there over Ashington. Several renditions were suggestive of the music of Anita O'Day and Wes Montgomery.

See you there.
Peter S.
NEXT MEETING - WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5th. at 8.00 p.m. THE ELEPHANT.

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