Between Friends, King's Lynn
ALISON CROOSE A shared musical empathy is a vital quality in any ensemble, and it is never more important than in jazz – as demonstrated in this show.
A shared musical empathy is a vital quality in any ensemble, and it is never more important than in jazz – as demonstrated in this show at King's Lynn Corn Exchange.
Empathy was present in generous measure when that much-loved doyen of the jazz scene, Humphrey Lyttelton, took to the stage with a comparative newcomer, singer Stacey Kent and her husband, saxophonist Jim Tomlinson.
It may have been a collaboration of – affectionately speaking – ancient and modern but it was very clear that Humph has found a great meeting of musical minds with the two young pretenders. They combined to present a lively programme given scintillaing treatment. It was a evening of sheer foot-tapping delight.
Stacey Kent gave her own distinctive interpretations of her husband's arrangements of Sunny Side of the Street, You're Driving Me Crazy and Louis Armstrong's signature tune, When It's Sleepy Time Down South.
Respected jazz musicians Kathy Stobart (saxophone), Pete Strange (trombone), Jimmy Hastings (alto sax), Ted Beament (piano), Adrian McIntosh (drums) and Mick Hutton (bass) gave memorable renditions – not least of Creole Love Call.
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The icing on the cake was that Humph could not resist adding his inimitable sense of humour to the entertainment.