SCAT

Performance:  Thursday, 20 October 2016

These guys are fun! Not only from a professional musician point of view, but as entertainers. Their music was superb- a great mix of standards like Cheek to Cheek and Putting on the Ritz to upbeat swinging renditions of 60’s classic rock tunes like Twist and Shout and All Shook Up. Elvis was truly “in the house”! These guys were in close musical contact and playing off the same page on every improvised tune, and shared an equally engaging sense of humour.  A long version of Chattanooga Choo-Choo was full of spontaneous percussion (thigh slapping) scratching (paper scrunched and torn) and Craig’s shout and audience reply vocals. They had us totally captivated and engaged us, with little encouragement needed, to participate in the performances.

Their repertoire spans a wide variety of instrumental and vocal stylings from post-modern ‘cool’ jazz/blues to Salsa/Cuban Son, and worked with solos and combos from the quartet. Craig Burnett sang straight jazz arrangements, mixed with scat, whistles and hums across an entire range of moods and melodies. His pianist of the evening, Chris Poulson, also sang in duets with him and solos doing harmony and melody- including an unusual rendition where the piano was the harmony instrument and his voice the melody- incredible!

After a long version of My Babe with a segué into Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, the audience called for a piano solo of a well-known standard tune, and Chris responded with a superbly cool and soulful rendition of Cry Me A River.

The audience, small in number but big on enthusiasm and participation, warmly celebrated every solo and group piece, and at the end of the evening sustained their enthusiasm right til the closing notes of the final piece, Wonderful World.

In all, a truly great performance by very talented musicians and entertainers who thoroughly enjoyed themselves and left us all full of joy.

Please come back to play for us again soon SCAT!

Gary Frontin