What a lovely pre-Christmas treat.
An evening to forget the stress and endless planning of present buying and arbitrating between less-than-friendly relatives on the day. No carols here, Bodycoat promised, but a great mix of standards and some unknown surprises numbers for this reviewer.
Simply dressed, but wreathed in a glorious, glittering neckpiece she delivered How Long Has This Been Going On as an opener. At once the audience realised we were in the presence of masters. Russell Holmes on piano, Shane Pooley on double bass and Daniel Susnjar were exquisitely on form, creating fabulous rhythms and interplay. All the while they gave every evidence of mutual respect and perfectly aware synchronicity. Their solo riffs were simply superb.
The theme was love. Good times and depths of despair alternated in the first set. The upbeat Let’s Get Lost giving way to tunes such as the staccato Down with Love. Unashamedly channelling and paying homage to Judi Garland, Bodycoat rendered an impeccable version of The Man That Got Away.
The musicians played with relish and zip, each politely stepping aside for sparkly solos in numbers such as Anything Goes and I’ve Got My Health (a Cole Porter show tune. New to me I must admit!). You Don’t Know What Love Is and Lush Life and were deliciously melancholy.
The optimistic reverse of the coin, featured a bluesy, strident Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone, and the delightfully bouncy Someone Else Is Steppin’ In. An exquisite Wee Small Hours of the Morning was velvety in delivery, as was When Morning Comes.
Bodycoat and her wonderful trio delivered a robust finale. Love for Sale. It got the full treatment; blistering solos and a marvellous extended vocal finish.
A superb show!
The Ellington Jazz Club
The Ali Bodycoat Quartet
Venue: The Ellington Jazz Club |191 Beaufort St Perth WA
Dates: 9 December 2017