LIVE: Giacomo Gates @ Senate Garage, 3/23/17
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Even though his usual musicians weren’t backing him up, the veteran trio that supported him had all played with him before although for some, it had been more than 20 years!
The trio – led by bassist Don Miller with Larry Ham on piano and Thomas Xiques on drums – easily blended into Giacomo’s wry, hip, swinging vocals, the lyrics liberally sprinkled with his famous scat singing.
Gates & Co. led the audience through a history of jazz, including such standards as “Not for Me,” “Lady Be Good,” “Take Five,” Duke Pearson’s “Jeanine,” “September in the Rain” and Monk’s “Well You Needn’t,“ along with some sharp medleys, such as a mash-up of Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time” combined with “Straight No Chaser.”
Gates and the Don Miller Trio made it all sound easy and effortless. The give and take between the musicians and the vocalist was almost telepathic, making for a relaxed, captivating evening for the audience.