Thursday, September 10, 2015-- Basil Walters
IF there is a better backing band than Desi Jones and Friends for Jazz in The Gardens, they are far too quiet.
The quartet were on top of their game at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston last Sunday for Jazz N Gospel.
|(L) Winsome Benjamin (R) Jabez|
Jones on drums, keyboardist James Peart, guitarist Brandon Benjamin and bassist Carlton Jarrett complemented superb performances from each act.
Winsome Benjamin was first of the main artistes. She delivered renditions of More Today Than Yesterday, Sentimental Reasons, My Sweet Lord and You've Got a Friend.
Showing his prowess on the ivories, pianist Dennis Rushton did excellent interpretations of Flintstones, Majesty and the apt Piano Solo.
But it was Jabez who expanded the parameters. He electrified the audience with Drinking From my Saucer, One In a Million, A Nuh One Prayer mi Pray, and To Love Somebody.
Not to be left out were early acts Camelia 'Candy' Isaacs and Vennica Nicholson. Isaacs struck the right notes on the Negro spiritual, Swing Low, then He's All Over Me in tandem with Nicholson.
The latter's solo stint included Wade in the Water, He Was There all The Time and Set Me Free. Isaacs returned with Mr Paganini, At Last and My Tribute, before Nicholson ended with her original, When we Get to Heaven.
Headliner Judy Mowatt was 'unavoidably absent' due to doctor's orders to rest after recently returning from performing in the United Kingdom.
The next revue will be 'Jazz Divas Chapter 2' Sunday on November 1. more