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                'Intoxicating, soothing, laid back and triumphant'

                  The Richard Attenborough Centre took on the mantle of a jazz club as Embrace Arts presented the East                                Midlands' leading jazz pianist Brian Humpherson to an enthusiastic audience. Humpherson was joined on stage by                    trumpeter Don Blakeson, Martin Slipp on double bass and drummer Andrew Sime.

                  Special guest singer Nicole van de Kuinder completed the line-up with her bluesy voice and bright personality.                          Throughout the evening, Don Blakeson's brilliant trumpet improvisations were a knock-out; the first number, the                    upbeat Bernie's Tune was no exception.

                  Blue Prelude set melancholy lyrics against a gentle melody with excellent use of the muted trumpet. It was                              followed by Besame Mucho, van de Kuinder singing this gentle love song with delicate feeling.

                  A soothing When Lights Are Low showcased the quartet's own effective bridge passage and was followed by                          Polkadots and Moonbeams, Blakeson once again demonstrating imagination and flair in the trumpet part. A trio                        arrangement of Night and Day provided the opportunity for Humpherson's piano to be prominent in a superb                          arrangement.

                  An inspired, up-tempo arrangement of The Lady is a Tramp led to a more gentle pace in I've BeenHere Before.                        The evening finished with intoxicating performances of You Go to My Head, Just in Time and There Will Never                      be Another You.

                  Laid back music of quality from musicians who clearly felt at ease with each other.


                  Leicester Mercury March 2011