Red hot for all that jazz

Fran Bar­ton and the Kevin Clark Group, Jazz and other stuff

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Mana Lit­tle The­atre, Novem­ber 25. Re­viewed by Sol We­in­stein A typ­i­cal Kevin Clark and Fran Bar­ton jazz con­cert is akin to a plump packet of liquorice all­sorts bits - You never know what lus­cious lolly is next to burst out.

The re­cent Mana Lit­tle The­atre con­cert was called ‘‘Jazz and other stuff’’ – it showed the ace key­boardist/trum­peter and the vo­cal­is­ing blonde Bar­ton wow­ing the packed house with a shower of awe­some ver­sa­til­ity.

And why not? Clark, an ar­chi­tect from South Africa, and Bar­ton, a one-time folk singer from Lon­don, have been do­ing this to­gether for 40 years.

It’s like watch­ing one pol­ished prod­uct af­ter an­other rolling off the assem­bly line.

Great Broad­way bal­lads and jump tunes with any kind of Tom Jones’ socko Delilah to end up with a Welsh- Rus­sian mish­mash.

Later on comes a kind of bopflavoured scat song with Bar­ton lead­ing the pack in a race­horse tempo based on old man Brahms’s Hun­gar­ian Rhap­sody No.5.

On and on the ever-chang­ing evening rolls, with our prin­ci­pals ably backed by bassist Rowan Clark, whom I first saw 10 years ago at a Kevin Clark (no re­la­tion) gig in the bed depart­ment of Kirkaldie & Stains, of all places.

I never got to meet Kirkaldie but the painter with the red and green blotches on his knees must surely have been Stains.

And fi­nally, young Lauren El­lis, a hot new drum­mer who just fin­ished her Kiwi jazz school course with hon­ours, filled in nicely when John Rae couldn’t make it. She’s off soon to the States on her jazz OE.

Let’s hope Mana Lit­tle The­atre is on the sched­ule again soon for a Clark-bar­ton re­run.

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