Moray Jazz welcomed the Colin Black trio with an entertaining evening of guitar based jazz standards. So the line up was Colin Black (guitar), Brian Chalmers (Bass Guitar) and that man Finlay Grant again (Drums).
The trio started with a warm up ‘sound check’ of ‘I’m comin home baby’- Ben Tucker followed by a medley of great tunes including ‘Killer Joe’- Benny Golson; ‘Road Song’- Wes Montgomery; ‘Have you met Miss Jones ‘-Rogers and Hart; ‘Favela’-Antonio Carlos Joachim; ‘Witchcraft’- Cy Coleman; ‘Kiss me much/ bessamemucho’- Consuelo Velazquez; ‘Blue Monk’-Thelonious Monk; ‘The Birds and the Bees’-Attila Zoller; ‘The Girl from Ipanema’- Antônio Carlos Jobim;’Days of wine and roses’-Henry Mancini; ‘Chitlins con carne’-Kenny Burrell; ‘Gentle rain’-Luis Bonfa; ‘Summertime’ -George Gershwin; ‘Just friends’- John Klenner; ‘Moonlight in Vermont’ Karl Suessdorf; ‘Sister Sadie’ Horace Silver and to complete the set ‘Softly as a morning sunrise’-Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein.
Finlay was as expressive as ever, ranging from caresses with his steel brushes on the snare drum to crisp notes on his toms. Brian Chalmers with his six string bass was squeezing out some juicy vintage notes throughout the evening, just like a cider press . There is a chill out factor with Colin, definitely some Carlos Santana tones to his guitar. It is as though he was playing in a late sixties early seventies time warp. Thank you Colin for the background and context to each piece of music, much appreciated. Hope to see you three in the not too distant future.