Live Review: Imogen Ryall at The Verdict

Imogen Ryall

The Verdict, Brighton 15/11/13

One of the best jazz singers in Sussex performed at The Verdict to a small but dedicated audience, many of them students from the various vocal classes that she teaches. And this really was a masterclass in vocalese, where she successfully took on some of the advanced classics of the jazz vocal repertoire, including versions of Twisted, Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring, Lil Darlin’ and Doodlin’ by Horace Silver. Accompanied by the sensitive playing of pianist Rod Hart and Paul Whitten, Imogen showed off her vocal skills singing and soloing in a wide register and showing her wide dynamic range. Drummer Spike Wells, normally an Elvinesque tour de force showed great restraint and sensitivity on a memorable night.

Imogen Ryall, vocals; Rod Hart, piano; Paul Whitten, bass; Spike Wells, drums.

Charlie Anderson