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The Oxford Gargoyles – Jazz A Cappella (The Oxford Gargoyles)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

Now in Edinburgh for their eighth consecutive year, the Oxford Gargoyles are an undeniably practiced act. Individually assured, each of the twelve singers blends their voice expertly into genuinely beautiful harmonies. They aren’t quite so confident when it comes to the playful choreography, but their occasional missteps don’t distract from impressive vocals. Likewise a few wobbles on the highest notes don’t detract from their otherwise exceptional range. This is a short, sweet set of jazz standards, pop numbers and the occasional Disney show tune. Bold arrangements and sudden tempo-changes keep the format fresh through a diverse set including a swinging ‘Tainted Love’ and an exquisite ‘Round Midnight.’ Eclectic and enjoyable, this is a fine showcase for some truly talented performers.

C, until 17 Aug, 2.20pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]