Review: Courtney Pine and Omar Lyefook, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Monday, October 30

Courtney Pine and Omar. Photo: Contributed

Courtney Pine and Omar. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

It was a gig to remember for those lucky enough to have secured a ticket to see multi jazz instrumentalist Courtney Pine along with vocalist Omar.

For the duo, along with their fantastic trio, produced a two-hour show of eclectic music featuring many tracks from their brand new album Black Notes From The Deep (as Pine jokingly and regularly promoted is available for £8.99 from HMV).

Playing a combination of tenor saxophone, bass flute and Ewi (an electronic musical instrument) Pine demonstrated his amazing technique and tonal quality non more so in his tribute to the Grenfell Tower residents A Change Is Sure To Come, while his UK soul star displayed his warm melodic tones and performed his 1992 hit single There’s Nothing Like This.

The duo combined to provide a contemporary jazz set featuring modern British sounds, alongside soul, hip-hop and deep rooted influences from the Caribbean.


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