Helen Russell Trio Review 4 Nov 2014
Helen on Bass, brother Steve on piano and Paul Hudson on drums.
This fantastic trio opened with a Steve Russell original number called Julian’s Jump. They followed up with a Duke Ellington number, Angelica then Helen sang a fab arrangement of one of my favourite Buddy Johnson compositions, My Old Flame.
This trio played a fabulous mix of instrumental and vocals from Helen and Steve. Paul stuck to his brilliant drumming.
Steve showed off his vocal prowess by treating us to a groovy Latin rendition of Rogers & Hart’s, This can’t be love. Later on he sang Old Rockin Chair, a Hoagy Carmichael composition from the 1920’s.
Some of the other tunes performed were Golden Earrings, Capriccio, The Real Thing, Nothing but the Blues, I don’t know enough about you, Pink Lady, As long as I live and Red Wind.
Helen has an easy to listen to style of singing, reminiscent of those wonderful jazz singers from the golden era of jazz, no need for vocal gymnastics here, just great interpretations of American Songbook jazz tunes, including some of the beautiful ones we don’t often get to hear.
The trio finished the evening with a marvellous instrumental version of Porter’s So in Love.
An evening to remember of top quality musicianship, very enjoyable.