Joy­ous jazz

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS - By DONNA SEALY

SAXOPHONISTS Ro­maro Greaves and Michael Ling­ton, trom­bon­ist

Wy­cliffe Gor­don, and singer Candice Glover were the ic­ing on the cake that was Yello Christ­mas Jazz 2018.

Ev­ery note they played and sang at the an­nual Deryck Wal­cott Pro­duc­tion Sun­day night at Ilaro Court, seemed to be in cel­e­bra­tion of the 16th edi­tion of the event that mu­sic lovers can’t seem to get enough of.

Their out­stand­ing per­for­mances com­ple­mented those of the Nicholas Brancker Christ­mas Jazz Band

who ex­cited the huge au­di­ence with their tal­ent, earn­ing ro­bust ap­plause.

From the play­ing of the first song – An­gels We Have Heard On High

– right down to the 15-minute jam ses­sion done af­ter the band re­ceived an en­core, they had the au­di­ence cap­ti­vated.

The show started about 40 min­utes af­ter the ad­ver­tised 7 p.m. time ow­ing to the large num­ber of pa­trons en­ter­ing the Two Mile Hill, St Michael venue. At one point, the line snaked from the ad­join­ing car park of the Lloyd Ersk­ine San­di­ford Cen­tre.

It moved quickly, though, al­low­ing peo­ple to en­ter and find a spot on the slopes or a chair on the lawn in front of the stage to soak in those happy Christ­mas vibes that the band has been dish­ing out for the third con­sec­u­tive year. SINGER CANDICE GLOVER was a treat.

That “duel” be­tween Greaves and Ling­ton in Hark The Her­ald An­gels was awe­some and the en­ergy they had is hard to cap­ture in words. Gor­don, who did mag­i­cal things with his in­stru­ment all night, and key­boardist Darien Bai­ley, also fea­tured dur­ing this song but the call and re­sponse be­tween the saxophonists was mem­o­rable.

O Holy Night fea­tur­ing Brancker, Ling­ton, and trom­bon­ist Justin

Baird started out soft and sweet but in­ten­si­fied as they con­tin­ued, and the au­di­ence loved it.

Among the other sea­sonal favourites the band played were

Silent Night, Deck The Halls, O Come All Ye Faith­ful, Sil­ver Bells, We Three Kings with the mashup of Crazy Bald­head, that never grows old, God Bless Ye Merry Gen­tle­men, Muh Gal­lon of Rum, Drink Ah Rum, Wuh Ya Gotta Gimme Fuh Christ­mas and Maizie. They also played How Great Thou Art and a mash-up of Joaquin and kros­fyah’s Tiny Winey with Joy To The World that was fan­tas­tic.

Drum­mer Melvin Alick was “wicked” in Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy.

He clearly en­joyed him­self as much as the au­di­ence en­joyed him play­ing.

Glover, who won the 12th sea­son of Amer­i­can Idol, sang The First Noel, Away In A Manger with a mash-up of Jour­ney’s Africa that was sweet and Have Your­self

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TROM­BON­IST Wy­cliffe Gor­don was de­light­ful.

NICHOLAS BRANCKER (sec­ond left) and his merry band of mu­si­cians (from left) Xavier Jhon-clare, Just Baird, Kevin Lynch and Ro­maro Greaves kept the mood fes­tive.

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