Tina May and Enrico Pieranunzi together at The Queen's Hall was one of those rare chances to get a classic jazz vocalist and an internationally respected jazz pianist and composer together on one stage.
Tina and Enrico released their first album together “Home is Where The Heart” is on 33 Jazz Records last year, but until this month, their combined touring schedules have made this the first live opportunity to promote the album.
As you would expect from two talents like Tina and Enrico, the two sets featured a mixture of classics that they both enjoyed playing and of course the music of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk was in there giving Enrico plenty of opportunity to let the audience listen to his more than impressive interpretations. Some classic vocals here too from Tina on songs that included “Caravan”, “Come Sunday” and “You’ve Changed”...not forgetting of course an innovative re-working of “My Funny Valentine”.
Music from the new album of course featured heavily in the sets too. An impressive interpretation of Chet Baker’s classic “Nightbird” from Enrico with new lyrics by Tina May. Not forgetting of course the title track from the new album “Home Is Where The Heart Is”
Sometimes at any show though there are some real unexpected surprises, and for me that one tonight was a wonderful arrangement by Enrico with classic vocals by Tina of the Edith Piaf classic “Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)” with the original version plus the Johnny Mercer lyrics too.
Tina May and Enrico Pieranunzi are obviously having a lot of fun with their musical collaboration and that mutual enjoyment was shared with their audience tonight.
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Review by Tom King