Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2014
Tuesday 22 July, Day #5 - 3
To these ears, this year’s Festival just gets better and better (we are now at the halfway point). Is it simply my general good mood at being in my photography/music zone, or is it that the programming (whatever your tastes) is very strong? Today proved to be another stunner.
Ben Prestage @ the Tron Kirk. One on my ‘red list’, of must hear/see. A one man band (vocals, guitar, harmonica, and drums). The point of comparison is obvious (Seasick). Having seen and heard both, consider little between them, apart from a few years. An artist steeped in the Mississippi Blues. Brilliant! So good that I intend to be at his other performances during the Festival!
Martynas Levickis & Euan Stevenson (Miles to Classics) @ Festival Theatre Studio. An inspiring pairing of two classically trained musicians. Played standards from the Classic and Jazz repertoire, but what was even better was their own compositions. Particularly liked the Phillip Glass like piece by Levickis. Accordion playing the like of which I have never heard before (I don’t even like accordion normally).
Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Palazzo Spiegeltent. Sharp arrangements, hot and tight mix, of Western swing, gypsy jazz, blues, Cajun, and country. Most intrigued by the young couple in their own world dancing at the side throughout. Asked what they called what they were doing. Was told “a mix of Tango, Salsa, and anything else we can think off”. You can’t say fairer than that.
Then, last but definitely not least, Rumba de Bodas @ the Tron Kirk. Party music of the highest order from this Italian outfit. Clearly part of the drive to attract a young audience, who simply want a good time and to have a bit of a dance. Nothing wrong with that.