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Slovenian Showcase Festival 2017

Ian Patterson By

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The first two tunes, the self-explanatory "Chase" and the mid-tempo "Tony Mitraglia" came from the bands' first CD, Hot Club Piran (Celinka, 2015), but the majority of the set was comprised of new material. A slow, swinging ballad by Gregorka featured exquisite violin and clarinet harmonies, with Krečič delivering a lyrical, bluesy solo. On the merrily chugging "Istriano Duro" rich harmonic lines were the order of the day.

Another aching ballad, "La Pluie," commanded the attention, as did the gently swinging "Bled," but most fun was had, however, on the livelier numbers, such as the infectious "One Moon No Sun," which set toes tapping and blood coursing. A couple of rabble-rousing numbers concluded the performance, though a prolonged ovation brought a double encore. A pizzicato violin motif accompanied Corolli's heart-melting melodic lines, the duo eventually joined by a spare bass pulse in this moving serenade. With a perfect sense of choreography the quintet reunited on an up-tempo, driving tune, crowning a faultless and engaging performance in some style.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tina Ramujkic

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