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Ingrid James Quintet & Guests 17 September 2011

If you took the superlatives out of some reviews there might be little content left, and if ever a review deserved superlatives it is this one. Because we have been fortunate enough to have this quality of home-grown talent and, because the faces and sounds are so familiar to us, it is easy to overlook the fact that Ingrid, John Reeves, Andrew Shaw and Paul Hudson could tour anywhere in the world to rave reviews.

Ingrid constantly seeks and achieves vocal perfection in her performances and her long-time association with John Reeves produces many new takes on old, or sometimes obscure numbers, bringing them sharply into focus with a new lease of life. Just take a look at the list of titles on her latest CD Pangea and you will get the idea.

For me the renditions of ‘Dear Prudence’ and ‘Ruby Tuesday’ were outstanding. Ever the innovator, Ingrid also featured George Jackson, a brilliant young violinist, with a musical maturity way beyond his years, and a vocal backing group consisting of her daughter Laura, and Spencer & Kristi Whitely, providing some beautifully harmonious settings for Ingrid’s incredible voice, in last night’s show.

The musical mastery of John, Andrew and Paul contributed so much to the success of the evening; their empathy and skill produced many magical moments in what was another superlative performance by Ingrid.

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