John Meyer's Indo-Jazz Fusion, Bury

JO GREEN A shimmering blend of Western and Indian music kicked off the 17th Bury St Edmunds festival with a terrific flourish as legendary musician John Mayer brought his Indo-Jazz Fusions to town.

JO GREEN

A shimmering blend of Western and Indian music kicked off the 17th Bury St Edmunds festival with a terrific flourish last night at the Corn Exchange as legendary musician John Mayer brought his Indo-Jazz Fusions to town.

It's not every day you see pianos and flutes lined up alongside the tabla and sitar, especially in Suffolk, so it was doubly delightful to welcome a musician of Mayer's quality to town and see him delight the audience with his distinctive blend of jazz with an Indian twist.

It was clear from the start we were in for a treat beginning with a taut and foot-tapping piece which demanded our attention, before sidling into the smoothly haunting composition Inja.

Seven pieces played were composed by the band and it was refreshing to catch your breath occasionally at their beauty.

Despite its gentile image, this festival can still surprise you by offering something really out of the ordinary. Vibrant, fun and funky Indo-Jazz Fusions did just that. A fire cracker of a concert.

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