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Cool Jazz

Elaine Hatton, vocals,
Alan Wakeman, tenor & soprano saxes, 
Neil Riches, piano,  
Chris Green, bass,
Alan Savage, drums

Venue: The Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, Northants -
Timeline: 12noon, Sunday, 20 November 2011

I first saw Cool Jazz in The Ellington Room at the Walnut Tree last and I see from my notes that I thought they were indeed a ‘cool’ group; “cool and smooth and nicely balanced, providing melodious, relaxed jazz”.

This remains my opinion after this session.

Elaine is a fine jazz singer with a very good voice, range, rhythm, mike technique - the lot - and an ability to perform and really sing the lyrics with meaning, not a characteristic of so many so-called vocalists.

She is admirably backed by four first-rate instrumentalists, with Neil Riches also supplying many of the, sometimes novel, arrangements.

Another chance to offer a ‘highly recommended’ verdict.

In the meantime, Tad Newton continues to provide a nicely varied selection of different bands at this excellent venue. Let’s hope he receives sufficient support for his tireless efforts and can continue with these Sunday lunchtime sessions

Review by John Shaw  of The Gayton Jazz Appreciation Society  
14 December  2011