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Thursday, February 04, 2021

KSTV: Will Arnold-Forster Trio w. Jalen N'Gonda - Feb. 4

Will Arnold-Forster (guitar); Will Sach (bass); Jas Kayser (drums) + Jalen N'Gonda (vocals/piano).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

Another day, another trio at KSTV. This time with the addition of pianist/singer Jalen N'Gonda.

The trio opened up with Duke's Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'. A good solid start. It's one of those Ellington numbers that haven't been overworked. Likewise Paul Chambers' Ease It - a tune entirely new to me and one I'll look forward to hearing again. Written by a bass player, not unsurprisingly, it had a fine solo from Will the Bass with Will the Guitar not far behind but, in the end, it was Jas the Drum that got the cigar.

The excellent first set concluded with a rather delicious waltz - Bill Evans' Some Time Ago.

There are some singers who are good pianists and some pianists who are good singers. I'm not sure which category Jalen N'Gonda falls into but, judging by the comments on YouTube, he ticks both boxes as he saw out the second set with Witchcraft; I Can't Wait Until I See my Baby's Face; September Song and You Don't Know What Love is. The latter tune inspired by Marvin Gaye's early career version.

Tomorrow night it's that man again, Adrian Cox, paying tribute to Irving Henry Prestopnik who, wisely, changed his name to Irving Fazola and became clarinetist with the Bob Crosby Bobcats.

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