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Breezin’ at the Vic Mac’s Brew Bar

Breezin? launched their 21 December gig at the Vic Mac?s Brew Bar with tight, foot-tapping renditions of Blue Bossa and Affirmation, with Des Wilson and Ivan Outram seamlessly swapping lead and rhythm on guitars while Jak Karaitiana on bass and guest Paul Morris on drums firmly anchored the enterprise. Aroha Pascoe then added her lovely voice to the proceedings with songs ranging from Gershwin?s S? Wonderful to Steely Dan?s Hey Nineteen. The Latin mood that had begun the set was returned to at its conclusion with Aroha lending some modified lyrics to The Boy From Ipanema and the band finishing with Black Orpheus.
The second set began with the band?s signature tune, Bobby Womack?s Breezin? made famous by George Benson, before Aroha returned with soulful performances of Autumn Leaves and Georgia. Des and Ivan treated the audience to an extended improvisation session during Sunny, which was followed by Ivan taking the lead vocal role in a belting version of Moondance. As if to underscore the variety of genre they had presented during the evening that included Nora Jones covers and solid R&B, the band concluded the planned programme with Miles Davis? So What? and Des and Jak backing Aroha on Steely Dan?s FM before responding the audience?s demand for an encore with Ivan on vocals for ?Stormy Monday.
Mike Murphy