Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sweet Sunday

What a great way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon. The always delightful Ori Dagan voice/ bass and a fine refresher on the talents of Ross McIntyre on upright bass.
Ori is always a wonderful entertainer with great enthusiasm for the material and a sense of fun. Opening with the "Gate 403 blues" he scatted effortlessly on kind of a "rap without the profanity" as he cleverly phrased things...
I enjoyed stumping the band, however briefly by requesting "I Don't Know Enough about You"....Standards such as "Nature Boy" and "At Long Last Love" , "Twisted" were otherwise effortlessly delivered along with a bopping "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing" among others. I particularly enjoyed "Would you Like to Swing on a Star" - I think Ori has a future in voice overs if he chooses...his pescatory impersonation of a lugubrious "would you rather be a fish" was hilarious. Did I just use the word pescatory? And is that actually a word?
I understand the beautiful day drew people outdoors..that's too bad since the missed an opportunity to hear two finely attuned musicians...here's hoping for a repeat sometime soon...
Ori's colourful shoes...
I should mention an added bonus, Tova Kardone's wonderful interpretation of Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat"...with her own evocative lyrics.
She is at Trane Studio next Sunday night with "The Thing Is"
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