We welcomed a super Aberdonian lineup this week with some familiar and well respected musicians. They were Reiner Goldberg (Guitar), Neil Birse (Keyboard), Lewis Benzies (Bass), Fabrizio Conti (Drums) and Morag McCall (Vocals).
Morag took us on a vocal journey from the 1930’s through to some sixties favourites:
‘Hallelujah, I love him so’ (Ray Charles); ‘Call me’ (Tony Hatch); ‘Spooky’(circa 1947); ‘Old devil moon’ (Burton Lane); ‘Birks works’ (Dizzy Gillespie); ‘Frim fram sauce’ (Red Evans); ‘Baubles,bangles &beads’ (George Forrest); The look of love’(Burt Bacharach); ‘Agua de Beber’(Antônio Carlos Jobim); ‘Save your love for me’( Alderney & Wilson); ‘New shores’(Reiner Goldberg); ‘I’ve got the world on a string’(Harold Arlen); ‘A time for love’(Paul Francis Webster); ‘Watch what happens’ (Mandel &Webster); ‘I will wait for you’ (Legrand &Demy); ‘One note samba’(Antônio Carlos Jobim); ‘Got to get you in to my life’(Lennon-McCartney); ‘Close your eyes’(Bernice Petkere); ‘New York state of mind’ (Billy Joel); ‘Getting the swing’ (Reiner Goldberg); ‘You and the night and music’(Arthur Schwartz); ‘Stormy Monday’(Earl Hines); ‘This masquerade’ (Leon Russell).
Morag’s lyrical voice did justice to the familiar jazz standards as well as those championed by sixties divas Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield. The tonal quality of her voice was most certainly enhanced by the expressive guitar playing of Reiner Goldberg, Neil Birse’s fluid fingers on keyboards, Lewis Benzies’ cool notes squeezed out from his bass guitar and last but by no means least, Fabrizio Conti’s wood on hide; he seemed to be playing from head to foot.
Morag and gentlemen, thank you for an evening of great music, a wonderful antitdote to Brexit.