‘The stripper’s on next’ jokes the piano player after the first flush of classicism in the downtown bar.
Gareth Sager, The Pop Group’s guitarist/keyboard player (and formerly of Rip Rig and Panic) is performing an intimate free early afternoon show in the Exchange to promote his new piano album 88 Tuned Dreams.
There’s a thoughtful almost cinematic reverie about Sager’s material here. Classic sweeps and moody passages undercut with bluesy/jazzy intonations and half-remembered melodies, emotional flourishes capturing the imagination, and a sombreness coloured by light. The odd bum note adds to the whole.
Maybe no stripper, but Sager bears his soul a bit here and it’s quite satisfying…