Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 24th 2014 Contents A33
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Vaugnette Bigford, centre, leads The
Trini Jazz Project in their performance
of Valentino's Birds Flying High at the
Little Carib Theatre on Thursday night.
Messaging app Yo, which in the
past week has rocketed to the top of
the app download charts, has been
hit by a hack. Creator Or Arbel told
technology news site TechCrunch
the app was having "security issues".
The app allows users to send a
message saying "yo" to friends---and
nothing else. It has been branded
"pointless", but has nonetheless
raised US$1 million in investment.
TechCrunch said it was contacted
by three college students who said
they had uncovered a flaw in the app.
"We can get any Yo user s phone
umber (I actually texted the founder,
and he called me back)," the students
"We can spoof yos from any users,
and we can spam any user...We could
also send any Yo user a push notifi-
cation with any text we want (though
we decided not to do that)."
Other developers have been able to
recreate the flaw. Similar problems
have hit apps such as Snapchat and
Tinder in the past few months.
Arbel told TechCrunch he was
dealing with the issue, but would not
elaborate further. (BBC)
Messaging app Yo is hacked
The TriniJazz Project: From left, performing at their album launch at the Little Carib Theatre, executive producer Michael Low Chew Tung, Anthony Woodroffe, Vaugnette Bigford, Rodney
Alexander, Dean Williams and Modupe Onilu. PHOTOS: MARK LYNDERSAY
It was the start of something, to be sure,
and the crowds that filled the Little Carib
Theatre last Thursday were keen to witness
it.It s rare for a local jazz concert to claim
standing room only status, but the musicians
of the TriniJazz Project earned it for their
first public outing performing at the launch
of their eponymous new album.
The concert started promptly with bassist
Rodney Alexander at centre stage for his com-
position Musiq. Right from the start it was
clear this wasn t going to be a straight reading
of the album, and the call and response pas-
sage by Alexander s bass and Anthony
Woodroffe s saxophone felt sharper and more
passionate than it was on the recording.
Woodroffe s song, I m into you, followed
with a lot more verve and lilt infusing the
live version of the beat backing the composer s
delicate flute lead. A slashing percussion solo
by Modupe Onilu pushed the song along even
harder, coaxing the flautist to jam even harder
when he returned to lead the song.
There was a delightful moment as guitarist
Dean Williams leaned in close on the tips of
his toes during a roaring jam to listen to
Woodroffe s playing as they eased off the
soloing to rejoin the melody.
Dean Williams Li Jwe Gita (He plays guitar)
followed with far more fire than he recorded
for the album. Williams showed some fas-
cinating strumming technique on the number,
pushing outward from the ghetto of beat
embellishment to which rhythm guitarists
have been consigned for most of the soca
era. The result was a guitar lead that started
like just that sort of playing before pushing
outward with layered multi-chordal strum-
ming and a deft fingering technique that
sometimes felt like just a little too much fire-
works for the melody.
Following the track list of the CD closely,
Modupe Onilu s Awon Omo Ti O Ti came
next, the percussionist offering a theatrical
introduction to the song with his array of
music and effects generating gear before lead-
ing the song on a small xylophone, the first
I ve seen in a T&T concert since the days
when Andre Tanker used one for his sets at
An inspired trading of riffs between
Williams and Woodroffe took the Onilu s song
soaring before the guitarist s dense barrage
of notes took it to escape velocity.
Every serious singer should have a song
that they own, and Vaugnette Bigford has
found hers with her reading of Merchant s
One Superpower for this album. When she
took the stage with her backup singers a
respectful hush descended on the rowdy boys
who had been romping on the stage just
The live performance was even more con-
tained than it was on the album, backed by
a lush, gently swooping music bed led by a
sustained chorale by her backup singers and
Low Chew Tung s synthesised organ.
Bigford would also perform Memory of
your smile, lifted somewhat by a gentle bass
solo from Alexander that suggested pulsing
heartbeats and would return for the second
to last song of the set with a lagniappe num-
ber, a surprisingly tentative version of Valenti-
no s Birds Flying High.
Woodroofe s Yeah, No, Maybe got an ener-
gised makeover from a band emboldened an
overwhelmingly strong response from the
audience and a growing comfort with their
Rodney Alexander starts the wildness off
with a Hendrix-style solo played with his
teeth, surprising Dean Williams who moved
quickly to take up the challenge.
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