At long last we have kicked off proceedings…! I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone concerned with the festival in extending a HUGE thankyou to everyone who turned up yesterday. I can speak from personal experience in saying that you were a great audience to play to!
That brings me onto the matter of reviewing all of the fabulous bands featured; having played in two of them ( “LYJO” and “The LRGS BigBand”) I don’t think it is right for me to give a review of those two bands. Partly because in some ways I’d be reviewing myself (which has to be wrong in many ways) but mainly because I was pressed against the wall by a brass and sax section, behind the speakers, whilst playing the guitar parts… I think you can understand that I may not be the best person to ask about the ambience of the sound of those bands. The best I can do is say that all the members I know are fabulous musicians and lovely people who thoroughly deserve a round of applause individually.
“The Allsorts Band”; “love the enthusiasm, the drummer is ace!” A quote from a member of the audience, need I say more! Incredibly tight and thoughtful playing combined with them not taking themselves too seriously made for a great performance and I would definitely recommend. Groovy, jazzy and funky goodness in one package.
“The Blind Monk Trio” is a great jazz trio. At first, I was a little dubious as to how much I would enjoy the set; I guess I had the typical jazz trio stereotype in mind. But I am glad to say that through a great use of space and dynamics they managed to make their naturally limited timbre (… 3 instruments) sound interesting. Their mixture of original arrangements and Thelonius Monk standards made for varied listening and such great tone from a tenor sax!
The final band I saw was the magnificent trio of “The Billionaires”. This is not what you’d expect from a trio, with just one piano making up the rhythm section… but what a job he did! I really enjoyed the slightly thinner texture of a piano, vocals and tenor sax, it was very raw. “Let the Good Times Roll” was my personal favourite as they really gave an already fabulous song a kick up the backside.
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