JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2014 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Norma Winstone Trio at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Norma Winstone Trio may have been my favorite act of the whole festival. She certainly stole the night. With only voice, piano and sax or bass clarinet the arrangements were playful and wild with outside touches like the piano player reaching inside the piano and the bass clarinet popping his pads. The song selection was stunning. Nileson's "Everybody's Talkin,'" Tom Waits' "San Diego Serenade" and songs like they just don't write anymore. But her own song, the title song from her new album and one the bass clarinetist wrote the music forentitled "Dance Without Answer", was the bomb. Norma Winstone Trio, like Peggy Lee, was quite exotic and intoxicating. Here's a live version of that song.

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