So Long Angel - The Red Lion, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

A first time gig for So Long Angel and they gave the blues night another dimension with their brand of blues, with just a hint of jazz influence. This is in part because of the sax playing of Michael, both alto and tenor, who also plays harmonica. The band were promoting their album 'Falling', review to follow, which consists of original material. The two sets they played were mainly original material with just a few covers. Fran, vocals and bass, has an excellent blues voice which really works well with a deep sultry sound, and along with Roger on drums keeps the rythm section solid. Mike on guitar also gives a nod to the jazz side of the band with some really relaxed playing that fitted the sound of the band and the mood of the evening. Roland on keyboards helps to give the band some added depth as well as helping out on vocals. As one member of the audience said 'I like this it's got a really nice groove to it' I'm sure that So Long Angel will be back soon and are well worth catching, with their relaxed blues with a hint of jazz.

review by Clive D Langston