Over the past year, Bruno Major undertook the audacious task of writing and releasing one song every month into the ether of the world wide web. In conjunction with each new moon of every month, these songs collectively comprised his debut album A Song for Every Moon, in which a European tour would shortly follow. Stopping off at London’s year-old venue Omeara, Major marked a sold-out show for fans eager to see in the flesh an artist who eloquently pulls together tropes of RnB and jazz into serene, easy-listening music.
Major opens with ‘Wouldn’t Mean a Thing’ which left an indelible marker for the rest of the night – sumptuous, jazzy guitar riffs paired with delicate vocal melodies. The singer’s unequivocal jazz influences came to the fore as he recited impressive covers of Chet Baker’s ‘Like Someone in Love’ and John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’, which collectively formed a brief historic lesson for the world of mainstream jazz.
Mid-way through Major’s set, introductions to the other two band members and subsequent solos acted as a further marker that this was a rather unique jazz gig in the heart of London. Amongst the blanket of smooth jazz which enveloped the audience, Major scattered songs within his set such as ‘Just the Same’ and ‘In Places We Won’t Walk’ which reverted toward a more ballad-esque, piano-driven style of music which provided effective respites for those in search of more mainstream listening. Ending the main part of his set with his most enticing track to date, ‘Easily’, the crowd suitably swayed side-to-side, now accustomed to the clean yet charming sound of Major’s guitar along with the tender basslines and soft electronic beats which formed the backbone for many of the songs performed that night.
As an encore, Major sealed his unique stamp on Drake’s hit ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ which acted as a stripped-back, softer version that allowed the crowd to revel in the catchy melody of the song’s chorus. Aptly, Major finished the night with his own song ‘Home’, consisting of himself and his guitar. Delicately performed with lyrics written from the depths of a broken heart, the crowd vocally reciprocated their support for Major rendering him speechless; a vital benchmark in Bruno Major’s career with further anticipation for his future.