Saturday, February 27, 2010
Went to see the Laila Biali trio (Laila Biali - piano, vocals; George Koller - bass; Larnell Lewis) at the Glen Gould Studio Theatre tonight. It was pretty great. I love that she covers popular music in a jazz style. Tonight she did Sarah McLaughlin, Feist, Imogen Heap and Joni Mitchell, along with a few standards and original tunes. My only teeny complaint would be that she wasn't very diverse dynamically. All the selections seemed to start soft, build in the middle then end with soft "tinkling" (for lack of a better word) piano. Larnell was incredible though, and I still love her vocals. I can't believe I used to watch her at the Rex. Looking forward to her two new album releases later this year!