Why’s it taking so long for the night to fall? Stacey Kent in residence at Ronnie Scott’s: preview
Postpone walking the Camino but journey instead to hear Stacey Kent at Ronnie Scott’s this autumn and why not. Many do. Last year mobbed by fans at the end of the Friday first house of the equivalent run who jostled with strollers, Big Issue sellers and jazz fans rocking up for the later house the globe trotting singer Stacey was in her adopted home town for the annual residency and the ultimate girl next door singer was loving it all.
Speaking to her husband Jim Tomlinson before the gig chatting briefly at the bar as he relaxed before heading to the stage he explained to marlbank that the Kent band play about 110 gigs per year all over the world.
Tomlinson, who when the set opened began on concert flute and then during the course of the 90-minute set switched to either his tenor saxophone delivered in his typical Stan Getzian manner or straight soprano, had earlier explained that his lyricist writing partner the 2017 Nobel prize for literature laureate Kazuo Ishiguro who collaborated with him on ‘Bullet Train’ planned to be in the audience later in the run. Maybe he will turn up this year as well, anything is possible.
2017’s ecstatically reviewed orchestral sessions proved the singer can surround herself in more lush settings and while this was a smaller more human and very different situation the set contained some numbers from I Know I Dream, ‘Bullet Train’ standing out. “Why’s it taking so long/For the night to fall?” in the lyric has that wistfulness the writers so easily evoke and which on ‘The Changing Lights’ an earlier song of theirs actually sums up Ishiguro and Tomlinson’s approach as the protagonists “vowed” to guard their dreams. This was not a dark set in terms of mood, more a sunny delight. A simmering ‘Dindi’ was the tender highlight of the night.