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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Paloma Faith w. Guy Barker Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead. October 30

Paloma Faith (vcl); Naomi Miller, Sabrina Ramikie (backing vcls); Guy Barker (MD) + 42 piece orchestra.
(Review by Lance).
Anyone expecting to hear the jazz trumpet of Guy Barker would be disappointed. Guy's role tonight was that of MD and arranger - a job done brilliantly.
Those who came to hear a sensational soul/jazz/rock singer strutting her stuff, and I guess the three tier full Hall One were there for just that, most certainly weren't - disappointed that is.
From the moment La Paloma made her entrance looking ravishingly gorgeous in a slinky, figure-hugging gown slit tantalisingly high at the back (another inch and...) to the final encore the audience were her slaves.
"Everybody stand" she commanded.
We stood. 
We clapped hands, shook it about a bit, and joined in the spirit. Her vivid red hair topped with matching hairpiece (I guess) stood out as did her distinctive voice. The jazz content came in an up-tempo version of Love Me Or Leave Me with a big fat trombone solo and the dramatic Wild is the Wind. For the rest they were songs familiar to the fans and put over with panache.
The girl's got personality plus with an engaging EastEnders accent.
Her two backing singers, Naomi and Sabrina, did the job and had their own solo spot in the short first set.
Naomi gave us Dusty's Son of a Preacher Man and Sabrina sang Carole King's You Make me Feel Like a Natural Woman. Both impressed.
The 42 piece orchestra worked hard, strings, brass and reeds blending well together although solos were few. From my seat in the stalls the only musician I recognised was Alan Barnes on second tenor although I found out later that it was Ralph Salmins on drums and Ben Castle on clarinet who were featured in the opening Sing, Sing, Sing.
An apt title as that is exactly what the star did - sing, sing, sing - did she not!
I arrived as a curious observer and departed - a converted believer!
Lance.

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