“When I saw you play, you truly blew me away”
— Music Editor of The Independent, London.
Jazz Dynamos – Ronnie Scott’s, London
Reviewer: Mike Wells
The Reviews Hub – London 03/10/2022
After a three year hiatus, the Jazz Dynamos are back performing in the world famous
Ronnie Scott’s, this time in the Sunday Lunch slot. Originally formed just
over two decades ago as a side project while working with Ray Gelato, they
worked with a number of different vocalists before Lucy Randell joined ten years
ago and they haven’t looked back since.
They specialise in creating jazz re-arrangements of songs by an eclectic mix of
artists such as The Police, Bowie, and Dolly Parton, to name just a few, but to call
them “covers” would be to do them a woeful disservice. Far more than that, these
are artistic re-imaginings of songs, many of which better the originals and the
breadth of the extensive repertoire is staggering.
As lead vocalist, Randell has an effortlessly charming persona to go with her agile
and exacting vocals, which make excellent work of the more challenging
arrangements. At times she invokes the essence of Astrud Gilberto’s famous The
Girl From Ipanema during playful Latin segments, paired with her similarly
playful percussion. She moves from sultry samba songs into soulful numbers with
excellent dexterity showing an enchanting emotional depth which grips the
The arrangements themselves, by Mark Adelman on keyboard are as exquisite as
they are surprising, many of which include seamless mergers of seemingly
incompatible songs. A favourite of which includes a version of Pure Imagination
with sections of Bowie’s Starman and musical motifs that shouldn’t work, but they
do. Their arrangement takes ownership of the songs in such a way that the original
versions sometimes seem dull by comparison.
The quartet is completed with Anders Janes on double bass, Dominique Metz on
drums, and Stewart Curtis on pretty much every wind instrument going (including
sax, flute, piccolo and clarinet). The group play with a panache and style only
achievable as a tight-knit group listening to and working off each other flawlessly.
The venue itself is famous for a reason. Not just for the music, but for the intimate
and cosy lamp-lit setting serving fine wine and three-course cuisine in an
atmosphere as delicious as the food. A setting like this paired with a group like the
Jazz Dynamos is hard to beat.
The band’s first CD Hold Your Breath…Make A Wish…Count To Three is
available now and includes contemporary re-workings of several 1980s pop hits,
from Madonna to Dolly Parton, plus classic Peggy Lee, and songs from Sweden to
Reviewed on 2 October 2022
Jazz Dynamos take well known songs and transform them with a mix of jazz, bossa, samba, and contemporary pop music - occasionally all at the same time!
Our eclectic repertoire includes everything from classic Peggy Lee to Latin versions of Dolly Parton and Madonna hits - with everything in-between.
This range and crossover of material played to a high standard and presented in a unique way, plus our wonderful and engaging vocalist Lucy Randell, makes us ideal for a festival audience, appealing to both aficionados and those perhaps not so familiar with jazz.
Jazz Dynamos are :
Lucy Randell – Vocals and Percussion
Mark Adelman – Keyboard
Anders Janes – Double Bass
Dominique Metz – Drums & Backing Vocals
Stewart Curtis – Saxes, Flute & Piccolo
Hold Your Breath... Make A Wish... Count To Three
Jazz Dynamos Quartet
Now available to download, either the whole album - with or without a CD - or individual tracks, to computer or Android phone. (Does not work direct to iPhone only via computer first)
It's A Good Day 3:240:00/3:24
Summer Sun 4:040:00/4:04
Pure Imagination 5:460:00/5:46
I Will Wait For You 4:430:00/4:43
9 To 5 4:460:00/4:46
I Can't Go For That 6:220:00/6:22
Call Me 5:560:00/5:56
Till There Was You 5:040:00/5:04
If It's Magic 4:530:00/4:53
Into The Groove 4:170:00/4:17