It’s Saturday night at the Brisbane Jazz Club. So slide in. Sit down. Slip into sweet and mellow. Prepare to be captured. Enraptured. Held To Ransom.
We’ve got rhythm. We’ve got music. We are Held To Ransom. Who could ask for anything more?
Please allow me to introduce the gang that now has your attention.
Da boss is Papa Play-it-all, Ken Lincoln. That’s him on clarinet, tenor/alto/soprano sax, and piano. Alongside him, henchman Michael Smith is grabbing you with his crisp, bouncy guitar solos. And at the back, taking care of business, are the enforcers; Benny Wood on bass and Steve Fischer at the drum kit.
This gang of four will set the tone; cleanly and tightly bringing in each new number.
And then, ensuring that you remain tied to your chair, up will step the wee lassie from Edinburgh, Trina Lincoln. The little lady with the big voice. Pocket Rocket. Diminutive, dynamic diva.
Trina smiles a lot. She talks and communicates. She relates. She entertains. And Trina does it all so well.
With a tear or a smile, she will take hold and lead you through a sexy, soul-touching delivery of your favourite tunes. It might be an old favourite. Or it might now be a new favourite; heard tonight for the first time.
And what a combination these five fine musicians are.
Each tune, whether slow and dreamy, or upbeat and foot-tapping, is arranged and delivered with a powerful feeling of love and sincerity. Each musician is obviously enjoying their individual place and role in the line-up. And they are generous in their support for each other, as they combine to create a beautiful, shared, easy-easy vibe, feel and sound.
Stand-outs among the many Jazz standards tonight, included an ultra-swinging version of the Etta James classic, ‘At Last’, and a wee touch of home for Trina, with ‘Almost Like Being In Love’ from the 1954 movie, Brigadoon.
Equally memorable was their performance of The Rolling Stones’ 60’s hit, ‘Paint It Black, featuring a cruisy bass intro and tenor sax and guitar solos. Trina sang it for her dad.
Then, at the end of a great night, as the moon was rising over the Brisbane Jazz Club, and the enthusiastic, full-house audience demanded an encore, they took us out with a bluesy rendition of ‘House of The Rising Sun’. Loved the screaming guitar solo!!
I wish you shelter from the storm. A cosy fire to keep you warm. I wish you love.
But most of all….I wish you another night at the Brisbane Jazz Club with Trina Lincoln and Held to Ransom.