New live album from Gourmet Duo Plus blends wealth of varied influences
(Published: May 26, 2014)
The sounds of summer emanate from the chilled-out grooves of Gourmet Duo Plus.
Featuring vocalist/pianist Yvetta Uustalu, bassist Tõnis Tüür, saxophonist Marko Mägi, and drummer Indrek Tetsmann, Gourmet Duo Plus hails from Estonia and bring with them a variety of musical inspirations that cover the globe stylistically, from American standards to Latin jazz.
On Live in Tallinn (Jazzkaar Festival 2011), Gourmet Duo Plus reveals their abilities to effortlessly blend a wealth of varied material, instilling every track with warmth and positive vibrations.
On the opening track, "Love Letters," Uustalu's romantic yearning and candlelit piano playing immediately create a warm glow that the band is able to sustain throughout the whole record. It's no surprise then that they decided to release this concert; the group is in top-drawer form, playing with a confident strut and joyful abandon. Their version of "Night and Day" goes down smoothly with sprightly piano and soothing sax. Comfort is the key word here. This is a record that relaxes and calms while it lifts the heart.
The band excels at love songs, and a large part of that is because of Uustalu's soulful voice. Her bluesy performance on "Moonlight Serenade" has a palpable sultriness that is perfectly echoed by Tüür's throbbing bass and Tetsmann's whispery drums. Mägi is given opportunities to shine as well, especially on "Temptation," with its alluring sax. Live albums can be hit or miss but Live in Tallinn is endlessly delightful and charming.
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