Live Review: Tina May Sings ACJ at St. John’s Church, Brighton
Tina May sings ACJ
St. John’s Church, Brighton
Saturday 8th November 2014
This was the third in a series of concerts featuring the music of Antônio Carlos Jobim arranged, with one exception, by multi-instrumentalist Robin Blakeman for the nine piece Luis Bonfá Society together with vocalist Tina May.
The evening opened with an instrumental, Look To The Sky. This was followed by a mix of well-known songs and tunes such as Desafinado, Chega De Saudade (No More Blues), Insensatez (How Insensitive) (arranged by Lennie Watts), and The Girl From Ipanema, as well as other less well-known compositions.
Many of these musicians were individually featured throughout the concert. Robin dedicated his tenor sax feature, Bonito, to recently departed musicians, Ian Price, Simon D’souza, Andy Mackintosh locally, and his inspiration for this piece, Stanley Turrentine.
A very memorable feature was Tema Jazz (Jazz Theme), featuring Charlotte flutter tonguing and growling on flute.
The concert started and finished on time. The only problem that I was aware of was that the commercially printed parts didn’t always show the dots indicating extended note lengths. So valuable rehearsal time was lost sorting it out.
With over 400 known Jobim works that Robin could arrange, there should still be many more of these gigs in the future, allowing appreciative audiences to enjoy the warm sound of this ensemble.