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Funking Cool Jazz - One4Review

The Black Tie Band presented a programme of jazz and soul standards. They are a group of 7 young musicians aged between 16 and 20. They are by no means the polished finished product but they achieved a raw and likeable sound. There is perhaps a lack of consistency, but each member has their moment when they shine If there is one potential star in the band it is the amazing 16 year old Ed Blunt, keyboards and musical arranger. Also, he composed one of the numbers. The rhythm section of Lizzie Exell, drums, and James Hill, bass guitar, provided a driving beat. Tom Lloyd on trumpet, and, Chris Tanton, on trombone, after a slow start played several effective solos; they combined well during the soul numbers. Harry McEntire on vocals, and he also did the links between the songs, was more comfortable on the jazz songs, such as ‘Fly me to the moon’, whilst the female vocalist, Sinead McGeady was less inhibited in the soul songs. Despite the deficiencies, it was encouraging to see a young group of musicians having the courage to take on the challenge of some mighty difficult songs. Gigs like this will be really useful experience. There is no doubting that the audience enjoyed their performance and wanted more. ***

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