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Champian Fulton Trio, Palazzo Spiegeltent, Edinburgh, Sunday July 28th ****
Well. Just as those of us who have soldiered through the whole jazz festival were suffering from a final wave of jazz lag, along came the young American pianist and singer Champian Fulton. And if there was a way to end the festival in style – and with hitherto flagging spirits revived – her uplifting concert at the Spiegeltent last night was it.
Comparisons to Diana Krall are clearly misguided. Where Krall has always been sultry and looked sullen while putting over her material, Fulton is cheery and positively beamed through all her songs last night, flashing an infectious smile at all sections of the audience as she swivelled herself around on her piano stool. With a beautiful, clear, sweet and commanding voice and simple yet affecting delivery, she was a delight on every song – from such happy-go-lucky numbers as I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter to a superb blues, It’s Too Late Baby, which demonstrated that she has real presence and underlined the influence of Dinah Washington on her singing style.
Other highlights included a wonderful Tea for Two which boasted an elegant duet with bass player Mario Caribe, and a lovely, lesser-known Eubie Blake/Andy Razaf ballad I’d Give a Dollar for a Dime, which featured a Fulton piano solo rich in Erroll Garner touches, a recurring theme on every tune and one which almost distracted from how accomplished she is as a swinging, dynamic instrumentalist.
* First published in The Scotsman on Monday July 29th
Brian Molley & Mario Caribe’s Brazilian Quartet, Salon Elegance, Saturday July 28th ***
Taking refuge in a tent where warm, Brazilian music was on the bill was the only sensible option in the early part of Saturday evening, when a monsoon was raging over Edinburgh. The unpredictable and often downright abysmal weather has played a significant part in this year’s jazz festival experience: whereas during the glorious sunshine of last year’s event, the George Square Gardens was a bustling hub last year, where you could meet and mingle, this year, spending any time there has been a calculated risk.
So it was an appreciative – if soggy – crowd which settled down for the music of Brian Molley and Mario Caribe’s Brazilian Quartet. Saxophonist Molley and bassist Caribe are well known on the Scottish music, but the other half of the band comprised two of Caribe’s fellow Brazilians, Fabio Torres (piano) and Edu Ribiero (drums), flown in from Sao Paolo for this project which featured almost exclusively original compositions.
These musicians may not be regular collaborators but they made up a tight unit, and are clearly of a similar state of musical mind. The numbers played may have been penned by different members of the band but there was a flow to the programme of the concert because of the stylistic similarities.
What seemed to be missing, unfortunately, was the classic Brazilian jazz vibe – the way in which the great Stan Getz recordings of the 1960s delivered the balmy bossa or sultry samba feel with a breezy coolness. This was less warm, but very dry – and a bit too repetitive. Which is perhaps why, once the rain eased up outside, there was something of a minor exodus from the concert…
First published in The Herald, Monday July 30th