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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Paul James Band @ Hoochie Coochie

Phil Hudson (gtr); Paul James (bs); Gary Lowey (keys);Dave Lourie (dms); Laura Adams (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
The James Band are known, primarily, as a function band - you know the thing - Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Dinner Dances and Hunt Balls. I'm sure they do it very well. Tonight, however, it was a  chance to let their hair down and unleash their jazz/rock chops.
A couple of instrumentals at the opening of each set - predictably Canteloupe Island and Watermelon Man - got the musical adrenalin flowing before Ms. Adams took over.
Skin tight black mini and heels only slightly lower than Grey's Monument - she looked good but would she sound good?
The answer was "Yes".
Kicking off with Sting's Fragile (I think) we knew we were in for something special. Summertime - I'm starting to surmise that girl singers are told at birth that if they ever want to sing jazz they must sing Summertime! I did once hear a jazz singer who didn't sing Summertime but for the life of me I can't remember her name - maybe it was just wishful thinking! In all fairness, Laura Adams didn't cause the Gershwins to turn over in their graves.
Some Clapton - Drowning in a River of Tears - Dusty's Spooky and At Last a la Etta.
Great set, great singing and some superb guitar work from Hudson. Keyboards demonstrated how to build a solo from minimalist beginnings to kick ass finale. Drums, right on the money and bass gives solid support.
Second set moved up a gear with Besame Mucho, a wild Route 66 and Sunny just some of the highlight.
A decent turn out and a few dancers to add some extra sparkle to what was an enjoyable evening.
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Lance, I owe you a profuse apology, but the first song I ever sung at the Jazz Cafe jazz singers class gig was - you've guessed it 'Summertime'
Sorry! Ann Alex

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