Newport festival tribute delightfully lacks surprises

February 10th, 2014

from triblive.com

Newport festival tribute delightfully lacks surprises
By: Bob Karlovits

With a lineup that includes trumpeter Randy Brecker and singer Karrin Allyson, it was no surprise the Newport: Now 60 show at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild was more than simply a tribute.

It also was a concert filled with a similar — and delightful — lack of surprises.

It was no surprise, for instance, that Allyson could do a lovely version of “Round Midnight.” Or that Brecker could roam through Thelonious Monk’s “Brakes Sake.” Or that Anat Cohen could get the hall cheering after her blistering solo on “La Vie en Rose.”

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