DAVID VERNON and DICK LEE
"David Vernon's accordion and Dick Lee's clarinet combine wonderfully...their playing is full of spirit .. a great double act "
clarinet and David Vernons accordion combine wonderfully,
and their diverse selection of melodic tunes is totally engaging.
Kicking off with Jewish klezmer "hora" wedding dances,
moving onto a Carlos Gardel tango, thence to the Balkans via a "novelty
number" called The Roulette Wheel, their playing is full of
spirit and there are few musicians who could explain so simply what
a complex time signature really means.
Jan Fairley- THE HERALD ****
Vernon and clarinetist Dick Lee have hit on a way round the current
air travel disruption. You sit in this famous Edinburgh delis
back room and they bring your destination to you. From Tango to
polka, Bulgarian horo to hot New Orleans jazz, the pair have a world
of music at their fingertips and they play it all with great skill.
Rob Adams - THE SCOTSMAN ****It may seem an eccentric combination, but both clarinet and piano accordion figure largely throughout European folk music, so theres plenty for these two superb musicians to choose from by way of repertoire.
They began with a speedily accelerating Jewish set, Lees clarinet blowing wildly over rich accordion chords. The ensuing programme ranged eclectically from a Mozart aria to The Star of the County Down, whipped from Ulster to new Orleans by energetic swing jazz playing by Lee.
They took exotica and old standards alike, with the same musicianship, witty instrumental and verbal interplay. So we heard Vernons own composition, The Roulette Wheel - which made little allowance for a clarinetists need to breathe - and skittish clarinet soloing from Lee in jazz classic Take Five. There was wonderfully lugubrious rumbling from his bass clarinet in another Vernon composition, the bal musette-style waltz, Excelsior.jazz classic Take Five.
Jim Gilchrist - THE SCOTSMAN ****
This very enjoyable
session in the Fringe venue with the best front-of-house aroma virtually
take you round the world in 80 minutes.
Reviewer - THE HERALD ****