Dave Newton/Euan Stevenson Duo
Nice review in The Herald. It was a great pleasure playing with Dave. More gigs to come...
David Newton-Euan Stevenson Duo, Glasgow Art Club
It had all been going so well, too. As Euan Stevenson made way at the piano for his partner in this marvellous new keyboard duo, David Newton, it appears that he forgot to set out the music in readiness for a smooth hand-over. Cue an unscheduled pause for adjustments and a mirthful mock reprimand from Newton that summed up the mood this pair created almost as much as did the music itself.
They’re a generation apart, one is the other’s hero, but on this, only their second gig together, they showed that they’re already very much a team. And jeez do they have fun while playing at a level of spontaneous creativity that only occasionally slipped off the keenest of edges.
The script for their adventures was written by Oscar Peterson’s classic We Get Requests album, which Stevenson felt sure that his hero would know intimately. It turns that Newton had only listened to it once before but while tracks from the album, including the one with the aforementioned minor hiccup, Time & Again, featured it was more a case of applying their own personalities in the Peterson spirit.
Switching between grand piano and two electric keyboards they made big currency of Newton’s ability to find a concise, booting, boogie-style new impetus for tunes such as Tea for Two and I’ll Remember April and their shared talent for witty reinvention: Darn that Dream recast as the offspring of Jimmy Van Heusen and the Goldfinger theme and the flowing build-up and segue from Peterson into Abdullah Ibrahim’s rolling keyboard style on Hymn to Freedom were just two examples of their magic.
From The Herald, May 5, 2014