Tuesday, August 02, 2005

uncle pizza

So I was razzle-dazzled on Sunday night as Uncle 'Pizza seranaded me (reality check: along with the rest of the concert hall) 'til my knees were weak and couldn't walk in a straight line after.

John Pizzarelli, along with his brother Martin on the double-bass, Ray Kennedy on the piano and Tony Tedesco on the drums; swayed, jazzed, bossa-nova'ed the night away.

Kicking off with If Dreams Come True, a song from the album John collaborated with the George Shearing quartet, he went on to win the hearts of many as he sang old favourites like Ain't That a Kick in The Head, Route 66, I've Got Rhythm and the Joabim classic Girl From Ipanema.

Watching the veterans doing their magic was all about chemistry and pure art. Listening to John scat to his guitar, a rare talent of his, fingers caressing the strings; Ray effortlessly skimming the keyboard and Martin expertly keeping the bass in check, makes one wonder: what could possibly top this?

And our 20-minute interval never came, as the quartet performed for the whole 2 and a half hours non-stop. As the night reached a high, I was reminded of Moody earlier in the year; when I was presented with surprise tickets to celebrate the end of exams. Perfect music, perfect company.

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