“A fabulous evening”, “ a wonderful combo”, “superb”, “great talent”
Vocalist Val Sinclair is known to have oodles of personality and she certainly lived up to that, engaging the audience right from the beginning. Vocally superb, she gave her trademark voice, a beautifully plummy/velvet tone, to standards such as Ellington’s ‘Mood Indigo’, then completely reinvented herself as she growled her way through rock/blues numbers. ‘Stormy Monday’, was indeed a storm of vocal supremacy as she passionately weaved her way under and over each verse.
Moving away completely from the jazz/blues genre, she treated the audience to a fabulously sensitive version of Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol), performed in harmony with the musicians. It totally engaged the audience – the silence was golden! There was some lovely vocal harmony on ‘Everything I Do Gon Be Funky’. Great fun.
It was an evening full of exquisite musical moments and showed band members who were obviously relaxed and comfortable with each other. They also had a great deal of fun as they treated the audience to an absolute feast of talent.
The usual superb vocals. Wonderful keyboard playing, drums played with great precision, double bass solos creative and walking bass very steady and precise. Saxophone and flute flowed right from the start, soaring with some lovely solos and the harmonica broke all the boundaries with some amazing playing.