London Jazz Review Emma Smith at the Elgar Room

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Thanks to everyone who made it to last night’s gig at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. What a birthday treat it turned out to be! It’s always fantastic to perform with Emma, and the wonderful audience at the Elgar Room made it a great way to celebrate my 27th birthday. Read London Jazz’s Review of the gig here …

“‘Gonna cry. Gonna croon’, sang Emma Smith tonight. Emotion and song are what she does. And she does both  of them totally convincingly and musically. Her trio of Matt Robinson, with super-dep Calum Gourlay and Andrew Ball were supportive, imaginative, subtle throughout. The songs, mostly from Smith’s debut album The Huntress are starting to settle, to grow. There are new numbers too. All the above might be no less than you’d expect: Emma Smith progresses all the time. It is a fascinating journey to witness. She can take it at her pace. Like Proust’s slow train, the “tortillard”, you don’t mind if the driver waits until the last of his mates is on board before releasing the brake…”

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