This show delivered exactly what it said on the ticket – “James Lambeth Sings Rodgers and Hart”. Put simply, it was one hour of classic songs, such as “Have You Met Miss Jones”, “My Funny Valentine”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, and “Blue Moon”.
James was accompanied by Thomas Gibbs on piano and Mario Caribe on double bass in the intimate setting of the Jazz Bar, which is a perfect venue for this type of show. American-born James has a beautiful smooth voice, and apparently has a 3 ½ octave voice range, although we didn’t get to hear anywhere near the full range of this in tonight’s show.
This is James’ fourth year at the Edinburgh Fringe, and I wish I’d discovered him sooner, as he sings some of my favourite songs so beautifully.
While introducing the songs, James told us a bit about Rodgers and Hart and their work, and some of this made me look at and listen to the songs in a different way, as perhaps the meanings and sentiments of the lyrics aren’t always as straightforward as they first appear.
James is at the Jazz Bar until Saturday 22nd August, so if you’d like to spend a relaxing hour listening to some classic songs, get a ticket for this show.
To find out more about James and upcoming events, go to www.jameslambeth.co.uk