JAM SESSION: Delighting the crowd with groovy instrumentals.
The coolly laid-back and intimate setting of the Macau Gaming Lounge and Bar seemed the ideal complement for the soothing strains that rose from the main-stage on Monday night as the city's newest live music series, Live & Revive, got off to a terrific start.
The place was simply atmospheric and beautifully lit, and headline musicians Maurice Gordon and Friends wasted little time in capitalizing on the rich ambience, serving up a lovely suite of traditional jazz numbers and contemporary jazz instrumentals fused with unmistakable hints of reggae and funk.
With Gordon on guitar, Adrian Henry on bass, and Oliver Thompson on drums, the fair-sized audience was treated to such wonderful selections as the standard favourite "Girl from Ipanema," Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" and some of Gordon's own compositions like "The Magic In Me" and "Love Boat."
At times fast-paced and hyper-rhythmic, other times seductive and groovy, the performance (divided into two segments) served to highlight Gordon's virtuosic skill with the guitar and proved why he remains a major draw for sophisticated local audiences who always enjoy a healthy serving of free-wheeling pizzazz with their riffs and melodies.
"It's significant that we were invited to be the first performers at this event," Gordon told TALLAWAH after the show. "It's a nice venue, very inviting, and we hope to be back sometime." The veteran 50-year-old musician and recording artist, who lectures at the Edna Manley College, also recently graced the stage at the Barbados and St. Vincent jazz festivals. Looking ahead, he says he fully intends to keep honing his craft. "I plan to continue to write, to record, and just keep getting my music out."