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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: Hand to Mouth - Feb. 21

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitars)

(Screenshot by Russell)

Another masterclass in the art of jazz voice and jazz guitar from Lindsay and Brad. Two of the most musically compatible performers on the scene.

No major surprises apart from Brad's decision to switch back and forth between classical and electric guitars (I won't mention his red socks apart from to say that if red socks were good enough for Django then every guitarist should be wearing red socks).

Not that Django was on the menu tonight. Tonight's inspiration was Joe Pass.

Hand to Mouth initially built their repertoire around the albums Joe Pass recorded with Ella although tonight they also tried out a few different things that whilst in the Pass/Ella idiom were equally identifiable as Johnston/Lindsay interpretations.

Some gentle, haunting, chords from Brad brought the vocal in on Solitude. This was good! They continued with You Stepped Out of a Dream and Bewitched (Rodgers and Hart), complete with verse, and already the comments box was filling up with smiling, applauding emojis.

A switch to the Ibanez electric for Love me or Leave me. It was taken slightly slower than is Lindsay's norm and it didn't suffer at all!

You've Changed; All Too Soon; You'd be so Nice to Come Home to and But Beautiful. Is there a singer on the scene who can sing such classic songs better than Lindsay? Answers on the back of a postage stamp. 

Back to the nylon-stringer for One Note Samba and a suggestion of Portuguese in the vocal. More Rodgers and Hart with You Took Advantage of me followed by one of my all time favourite songs - 'Tis Autumn. Takes me back to hearing George Evans singing it with Geraldo (on record, I hasten to add!).

The set closed with Some Other Time - played and sung beautifully.

Sunday Night at The Globe - it's the only game in town. Next week The John Pope Quintet.
Lance

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