[WORLD PREMIERE ~ AUS ~ IF YOU LOVE….MUSIC THAT MOVES YOU]
Dunstan Playhouse, Sat 15 Jun.
On paper it looks an obvious thing, the trumpet player from the Cat Empire and The Bamboos performing the songs of legendary trumpet player Chet Baker, but such an easy conclusion does not prepare you for the excellence of this show.
For starters Roscoe is also an accomplished arranger, and when he is joined on stage by a nine-piece string section led by Julian Ferraretto, and a jazz trio consisting of Dave Goodwin on piano, Tim Bowen on bass and Ben Riley on drums, who all add an impressive sparkle to Roscoe’s arrangements, the result is a feast for the ears.
Then there is the fact that Chet Baker was also a renowned singer, and Roscoe is able to deliver some of Chet’s most popular songs convincingly. I Fall In Love Too Easily, It’s Always You, and of course My Funny Valentine and Let’s Get Lost Are among the highlights.
Roscoe is not as comfortable as a narrator, and his telling of the Chet Baker story does not extend much beyond the basic biographical details you need to know. He is much more comfortable letting the music tell the story. And with Roscoe’s smooth voice and skill on trumpet and flugelhorn, and the fabulous playing of the trio and string section, it’s easy to see why.
At one stage he introduces a guest vocalist, Jazmine Vanua, who is stunning in the way she sings with the confidence and skill of a seasoned performer. Then with a wry smile Roscoe reveals that she is only 15, and was already this good when he met her two years previously.
This is clearly a labour of love for one of Australia’s best contemporary performers, and it should go some considerable way to bringing the music of Chet Baker back to the public’s attention.
If you get a chance to catch this fabulous show, do not miss it.
Lost In A Dream: The Musical Life Of Chet Baker continues at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, from 6pm until Sun 16 Jun.
Book at BASS on 131 246 and adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Liam Davidson @ Lord Media