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Melanie De Biasio: a highlight at Jazz Middelheim

There was so many people show up for Melanie de Biasio that a majority of the public, the concert forced outside of the tent was to follow, in the drizzling rain. An indication of the reputation that the singer from Charleroi in just a few years has built up.

Smoothly, she kept the thousands of listeners from beginning to end in the ban, with her velvet fluisterstem and her unique songs. They played mainly songs from her latest cd Lilies – beautiful how she is during the title track thereof, only accompanied by lovely piano music, the tent motionless was. On ‘Afro blue’, an old jazz standard by Mongo Santamaria, made her so distinctive dwarsfluitspel like a glove.

Sometimes her music is a lounge-effect, such as Gold junkies’, for her bright number. More often you have the feeling to meditatiejazz to listen, in a slightly heady atmosphere. Who is open, tap them into a trance. And rain or no rain, that was on Middelheim wonderfully well, helped by the exposure, which the singer sometimes in the semi-darkness on stage left. A standing ovation was her part, and De Biasio returned for two encores. With a very special version of ‘No deal’, the title song from her first record, and ‘I’m gonna leave you’ and sent them to her enthusiastic audience the night in. Just like two years ago took Melanie de Biasio for a full on Jazz Middelheim.

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