Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2010 begins
China Moses, Niki King and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble among highlights
This article is from 2010.
The ten-day fest kicks off again, and among our recommendations, we would include China Moses, an American singer based in Paris, with a soul background and a near obsession for the troubled diva, Dinah Washington; Niki King, Scotland’s own smoky-voiced songstress, with her tribute to Billie Holiday; and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, the ten-strong Chicago outfit who blend funk, soul, rap and jazz into high-energy party music. Also worthy of a mention is the Stuart Brown/John Hollenbeck Group’s ‘Naturally Inspired gig’, featuring music inspired by field recordings of birdsong on Islay. Or as they very intriguingly put it; ‘cross rhythms of geese and the electronic squeals of lapwings’. A pleasingly experimental addition to the programme, we think.
In Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 30 Jul-Sun 8 Aug