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Vive – Jazz A Cappella (Vive)

By | Published on Tuesday 6 August 2013

For the first few songs, you may think this jazzy six-piece owes their modern, upbeat sound more to Jamie Cullum than Ella Fitzgerald. As their joyful cover of the Lighthouse Family’s ‘High’ demonstrates, they’re heavily influenced by pop, but this is only one of the diverse styles they play with. In a snappy set consisting mostly of original arrangements, they take in a flurry of textures, blending crisp arpeggios, scat, beatboxing and a weird but wonderful trumpet impression. If at times their compositions are overly intent on demonstrating this extensive range, they also show off an impressive experimental side which gives their music an appealing edge. With bright harmonies and an unashamedly poppy outlook, they’re a refreshing and reviving act.

SpaceCabaret @ 54, until 8 August, 6.10pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]