Mostly known for satirical comedic songs with quirky titles such as ‘Let’s Talk About Me’, ‘I Hugged My Mate’, and ‘Middle Aged Man in Lycra’ , Andrew London shifts sideways a little with his trio’s new album ‘Standard Deviations’, in support of which they are currently touring.
As the title suggests, the album is a collection of
well loved jazz and swing standards which have featured in their repertoire
over the last 20 years.
Both London and saxophonist Nils Olsen were part of popular touring swing trio Hot Club Sandwich until around 2012, who based their repertoire on the Continental ‘Hot Club’ swing style popularised in the 1940s by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.
‘We were often asked for tunes associated with artists like Louis Armstrong, Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald….and also the newer crooners like Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jnr. and Diana Krall who have kept these songs alive in recent decades.
Consequently we built up a repertoire of standards like ‘Beyond The Sea’, ‘Don’t Fence Me in’ and ‘Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’ that were always guaranteed crowd-pleasers; but up until now we had never recorded them. Some of these tunes are over 100 years old but seem to have stayed in the public consciousness throughout the decades’.
Bass player Kirsten London contributes with songs associated with Peggy Lee, Julie London and Doris Day, while Olsen chips in with some Gershwin and Cole Porter Classics.
The trio will also be playing their usual selection of satirical and humour-based originals - ‘some old and some new, and some as-yet untried’, so the evening promises to be the typically high-spirited and energetic romp through Kiwi attitudes, obsessions and taboos that fans have come to expect.
Recent reviewers of London’s lyrical skills have made comparisons to John Clarke (who confessed to being a fan), Tim Minchin, Flanders and Swann, Tom Lehrer...even Noel Coward, and after a recent appearance live on NZ’s National Radio, one commentator said "You guys are like Flight of the Conchords for Rest Homes"
His songs have been included in a national year 13 English syllabus, National Radio’s ‘Greatest Song Ever Written’ segment, feature films (including the recent award-winning biopic ‘No Ordinary Sheila’) and European CD compilations. His trio has performed at festivals in Australia and Norfolk island, and is the only Kiwi act in recent times to have performed in Saudi Arabia, where such activity is officially illegal.
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