Tina May: 52nd Street (and Other Tales) review – a fitting tribute to Duncan Lamont | Jazz

The late Duncan Lamont was a remarkable man: jazz saxophonist, first-call session musician, composer and highly original songwriter. He was also uniquely productive, intent on writing a song a day – “because you never know when a good one will turn up”. When one did, it was likely to be a sharp little vignette of a person or a place: Hymn for Jobim, The Algonquin Hotel, Fred Astaire, The Apartment – all among the 13 of his songs here. Tina May is just the right person to sing them too, with the sensitivity to step gently into a persona and the technique to handle the bravura intricacies of 52nd Street, a song celebrating the jazz hotspot of 1940s New York.

Which brings us to the James Pearson Trio, house band at Ronnie Scott’s, who as accompanists play an absolute blinder…

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