All those at the launch night of the first album by the all new slightly offbeat, awesome, cool, definitely new age groovy jazz group Laique, must have certainly enjoyed getting down with Cravin just a little Misbehavin their premier album. At the end of the day it would have been just the right mix to keep everyone going all night.
Gerry Mapstone is one of a group of terrific talented and creative Brisbane based musicians, whom I admire for their virtuosity, creativity and commitment to their craft. A proficient at classical guitar, and a man whose innovation and imagination knows no bounds, when he alerted me to his participation in a swinging new Jazz group I was intrigued, realizing that whatever he and his amazing colleagues would put together must be more than great. And it is.
Fresh from taking the 2010 Brisbane Cabaret Festival by storm, Laique has been brewing up ‘a temptatious teacup’ that is filled to the brim and overflowing with toe tapping tunes that are both quirky and completely charming.
Drawing on influences from 1930’s Parisian jazz, the Flamenco traditions from Spain, topped off with a good dose of solid songwriting, this new band will also delight and tickle you in all the right places. It sure did it for me.
The album features Queensland’s Queen of song Kylie Southwell together with her best boys, the premium Music-Men Gerard Mapstone on guitar & banjo, Michael Patterson on violin, Samuel Vincent on double bass and Will Eager on drums all singing and strumming up a storm.
Laique promises they will fill your Martini glass to the brim with quirky tunes and tempestuous tales and that the album contains songs of love, lust, murder, revenge and shoes.
Ms Southwell has a lovely clear clarity and quality to her voice that definitely keeps your glass full. And the backing the boys provide, well it is more than simply spot on.
There are nine songs in all on this delightful album. The End of the Day (An Absence of Gin) with words by Ms Southwell will have you dancing all night. There there is Hush, Icarus Falling, Reverie, The Boat Song, What I Got Here, The Murder Ballad of Miss Belle Noir, Gracie of the Underworld and the Merchants of Sin.
What more could any of us want. Fabulous music for the holiday season. Well done guys and gorgeous gal.
Laique 2010 Highlights: