Jazzwise Review

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As usual at Ronnie’s Saturday night at the club features two houses, turned around  a little after 10pm, and the ideal opening set to the first house was provided by the trio of artistic director pianist James Pearson, bassist Tim Thornton, and drummer Mark Fletcher (formerly with poet Don Paterson’s much missed band Lammas), with singer Polly Gibbons joining. Gibbons when she was a complete unknown was nominated for a BBC jazz award and has grown artistically since this early recognition. Gibbons has a very unmannered soulful voice, and excelled on the late Phoebe Snow’s ‘Something Real’. Fragile at times, but with great emotional control, and a voice slightly reminiscent of Betty Carter’s, she has the wonderful ability to get inside any particular song she chooses, no small feat. Pearson and Thornton have a good thing going, channelling the softs and louds with Pearson’s recalibrated Oscar Peterson-isms and touches of his own invention superb as ever. Worth getting there early for, on an auspicious evening