Tuesday 12th April 2016
at The Musician with Alligatr and Remy Turi
Like a lot of people Tuesday is not an auspicious night for a gig-going, for me. There are however some exceptions and tonight was most certainly one of them. For me this show was unmissable.
Remy Turi’s voice is very pleasing; accompanying herself on the guitar, she presented a very enjoyable set of songs. Remy performed at the obs Unplugged finals show on 12th February.
In March last year Remy performed at The Shed; we said ‘Turi is a singer whose voice is worth listening to; a young artist, she has charm and plenty of talent.’ [Music in Leicester]
The stage was set for another great performance by Leicester band Alligatr. This quartet of local artists is led by singers Jonathan Doughty and Jack Birtwistle. A band with an attractive and very listenable and varied set of songs that has strong musical qualities, finely tuned and cunningly crafted. They deliver their songs with firm commitment; a group with no shortage of talent. We have seen Alligatr many times before and have followed the band’s progress since they started in 2013. Since then they have become well established on the local scene.
The last time I saw Trilogy was on 17th December when they played at Duffy’s Bar in Pocklingtons Walk. This trio of musicians from Market Harborough is now, in my view, one of the finest in the county. The band’s fusion of jazz, blues and funk is phenomenal. On stage there are always three instruments – guitar, drums and keyboard. Interestingly, they were played by different musicians who swapped seats during their set.
What can I say about Trilogy’s music that I have not said before? It’s highly skilled; it’s taught; it’s completely engaging. There is such a fluent synergy among the three musicians and this makes them absorbing to watch. They make music of high calibre. It not that they play jazz, blues and funk; it’s the way they do it.
Greg Burns began on the drums but then moved to the keyboard to sing. His voice is distinctively different from that of Adam Marshall but it has a quality that makes it stand out. The song itself was delicious. The numbers came from the stage with incredible timing, razor-sharp pauses and breaks, it was spell-binding.
Trilogy remind me of the Jack Kenworthy Trio – in their day this was one of the most highly acclaimed young groups in the county. Kenworthy became a legend in his own time, celebrated, lauded and acclaimed for his musical ability before retiring from the music scene at the age of only 21. Remarkable. Trilogy is following in that band’s footsteps. What justifies this is Trilogy’s musical finesse, their artistic achievement and their superbly good playing and singing. A band that stands comparison with the best jazz and blues bands of Leicester and Leicestershire.
The band will be going into the recording studio in June, they told their audience. This was a musical highlight of the month for me and, I suspect, for many others at The Musician tonight.