When the music stops, there is the longest silence. Then Melissa Western’s voice reappears, snatching you away again, inspiring a big grin on your face. You knew she was never gone for long, yet in that silence you still missed her. Western’s voice changes from song to song: frisky and cool for bossa nova classic ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, nectar-sweet for ‘Favourite Things’. The humming of a bass guitar and double bass creates a reverberating film of background noise, over which Western, like a spider, weaves her silky intoned voice. Her improvised scat-singing doesn’t play so well with her talents, but the band’s unique interpretations will attract any passing jazz enthusiast into their web.
The Jazz Bar, 22 – 28 Aug, 2.30pm (3.20pm), £5.00 – £7.00, fpp214.
tw rating 4/5