laid back and triumphant'
The Richard Attenborough Centre took
on the mantle of a jazz club as Embrace Arts presented the East Midlands'
leading jazz pianist Brian Humpherson to an enthusiastic audience. Humpherson
was joined on stage by trumpeter Don Blakeson, Martin Slipp on double bass and
drummer Andrew Sime.
Special guest singer Nicole van de
Kuinder completed the line-up with her bluesy voice and bright personality. Throughout
the evening, Don Blakeson's brilliant trumpet improvisations were a
knock-out; the first number, the upbeat Bernie's
Tune was no exception.
Prelude set melancholy lyrics against a gentle melody with excellent use
of the muted trumpet. It was followed by Besame
Mucho, van de Kuinder singing this gentle love song with delicate feeling.
A soothing When Lights Are Low showcased the quartet's own effective bridge
passage and was followed by Polkadots and
Moonbeams, Blakeson once again demonstrating imagination and flair in the
trumpet part. A trio arrangement of Night
and Day provided the opportunity for Humpherson's piano to be prominent in
a superb arrangement.
An inspired, up-tempo arrangement of The Lady is a Tramp led to a more gentle
pace in I've BeenHere Before. The evening finished with
intoxicating performances of You Go to My
Head, Just in Time and There Will Never be Another You.
Laid back music of quality from
musicians who clearly felt at ease with each other.
Leicester Mercury March 2011