Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

Malcolm Edmonstone , with the Guildhall Jazz Choir, Jules Jackson and Andrew Bain plus guest Jacqui Dankworth had a triumph last night with a fresh new performing edition of eleven numbers from the classic 1992 album.  A virtually complete Dankworth dynasty was in the audience. A hugely successful collaborative evening, but it is impossible not to give special mention to a double limelight-grabbing role for Becca Toft on clean-as-a-whistle high baroque trumpet and exhilarating mains-powered soul vocals.  

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  1. Yes, great stuff – those vocals and arrangements were played out so soulfully – reminders of EW&F at their best – and, also, the power of an undervalued British soul/jazz/funk outfit, Kokomo; a fantastic achievement to do all those transcriptions, too. All the soloists deserve a mention! Real guts.

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