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Trio work in harmony; REVIEWS: Digby Fairweather/ Becky Brine/ Craig Milverton HOTEL IBIS, BIRMINGHAM.

Byline: WILLIAM JAMES

ONCE again the Birmingham Jazz Festival put together an apposite collection of compatible musicians for this goodhumoured audiencefriendly evening of jazz versions of quality popular songs.

The key element in the trio was Craig Milverton who just happens to be the pianist of choice of both Becky Brine and Digby Fairweather. These two were so much at home that, within a set of first musical meeting, they were duetting comfortably, with relaxed familiarity, on I Can't Give You Anything But Love. Craig's accompaniments reflected a mastery of most jazz piano styles, with a sort of melodic Waller-ish stride his default position. Digby has become the Oscar Wilde of the trumpet, with a quotation or two for every occasion and the everattentive pianist matched him in exchanges of warmth and humour.

Certainly this was fairly safe programming - almost entirely standards, from When Your Lover Has Gone to a blues ballad reading of At Last - but, with Jazzeoke Queen Becky relishing working with musicians of such quality, the feelgood factor never dropped among the sizeable audience in the Ibis' comfortable conference room. VERDICT: WILLIAM JAMES FESTIVAL LISTINGS: PAGE 17
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jul 8, 2009
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