Jason Rebello (keys); Xan Blacq (keys/perc/vcl); Karl Rasheed-Abel (bs); Troy Miller (dms); Joy Rose (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
You've got to hand it to Warren, El Supremo at Hoochie, he rarely fails to deliver and tonight he delivered and delivered good! Next week's Gregory Porter gig - that's right GP at Hoochie - is forecast by many to be the Gig of the Year but on tonight's performance Gregory will have his work cut out!
This was simply excitement unlimited. A high profile, well supported, event and the crowded room loved it. Given that there were a lot of other things going on in town tonight, the support for the artist and the venue, I'm pleased to say, was well justified. Rebello's keyboarding amply demonstrates why he's become a first call man for a diverse range of artists across the genres including Sting and Madeleine Peyroux. However, it's in settings like this where he calls the tune that the maestro excels.
Aided and abetted, of course, by the tightest, funkiest band I've heard in a long time.
Joy Rose adds an extra dimension. A vocal talent that oozes soul, Joy even made Summertime sound as if I was hearing it for the first time! Her excursions into scat/vocalese were something else.
Not that Joy was the only nightingale on stage. Xan Blacq spent most of the set comping on keys or adding some extra percussion but he also took centre stage for a knockout vocal on Walk With Me. Rasheed-Abel was more than able (sorry about that) on both bass guitar and double bass whilst Troy Miller, here only a few weeks back with Natalie Williams, gave a powerhouse performance driving the others with a "Stay out of the kitchen" intensity.
Bring it on Gregory Porter!