It’s A Manz World – But David Sits In- Tues 10th Feb

Phil Manzanera’s 3-night stint Ronnie Scott’s Club in London had an unbilled addition to the band tonight: David Gilmour on guitar.

The band that helped Phil on his ‘Firebird V11′ album (Leszek Mozdzer, Charles Hayward and Yaron Stavi) ably recreated its energy for the first half of the show, a 45-minute set. Then, after a short interval, David joined them onstage with a short take on ‘Autumn Leaves’ followed by a bluesy rendition of Sidney Bechet’s ‘Petite Fleur’, the instrumental probably best-known for Chris Barber’s version featuring Monty Sunshine, which sold a million copies in the US in 1959.

Final number from the 5-piece was Miles Davis’ ‘Filles de Kilimanjaro’, a masterpiece of understatement, sensitively played by all.

Through the rest of the show, Phil and band were able to stretch out on more ‘Firebird’ tunes and some classic catalogue material but also two Roxy Music songs including a Manzanera vocal on ‘In Every Dream Home A Heartache’.

An impressive night on every level.


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