19th October 2011
Some wise soul once said that the best thing you can do on a cold pre-wintry evening
is to go see a jazz show. Whoever this wise soul was, I honoured their uttering by
doing exactly that recently with a trip to the nicely hidden,
oft-said to be one of the best venues in the country that is The Capstone
On this occasion the Robert Mitchell 3io (That's trio, by the way.) were
playing and despite the cold weather affecting turnout it was an excellent
night of music. The core trio of instruments, Robert Mitchell's piano;
Shaney Forbes drums and Tom Mason's excellent double bass were in place
and after a brief introduction of the band they sailed straight into opener
'Alberto Balsam', an at first pensive piece with the trio making minimal
noise from their instruments building to a lilting piano solo from Mitchell
that really showed his talent before bringing the trio back to play to
a rousing finale with piano flourishes lighting up the atmosphere perfectly.
Other originals, from their new album 'The Embrace' included A Desperate
Man showcasing double bass player Tom Mason's excellent playing. It grew
from the solo bass playing into a muscular piece with the trio building
a bold sound that finished the first set on a perfect note. The second
set, following a brief interval began with literal knocking on wood as
Mitchell used every part of the piano to create the wonderful sound of
Cumulus. It was a dreamlike, pensive piece that could soundtrack any quiet
night needing a dose of energy, with the beat count propelling nicely
to an energetic finish.
Elsewhere in the set some choice covers revealed themselves in the form
of Massive Attack's 'Teardrop' with the bass playing the vocal part whilst
the piano and drum made atmospheric vibes that almost made you shiver
in appreciation and Little Dragon's 'Twice' where an ice like piano complemented
the wind like drumming and the footsteps in the rain sounds from the bass.
In fact, it was an excellent night of music that succeeded in warming
up the hearts of many and leaving a lasting impression of excellence from
not only the Robert Mitchell 3io but the Capstone itself.
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