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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm. Free.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CD Review: Candi Staton - Life Happens


Another concept album! It's an emotional one tracing the start of a love affair from meeting to ending. Is there a reader who can't relate to this?
Candi Staton certainly takes us along the bumpy road to love. The hesitation of the first meeting (I Ain't Easy To Love). The attraction, the desire (Close to You). The needs (The Commitment). Foreverness (For Eternity). True love never runs smooth (Even the Bad Times Are Good). Enter the Other Woman (Beware, She's After your Man - YouTube clip). And so it goes on until, finally, she looks to the future and maybe the relationship can survive (A Better World Coming).
Not a jazz record by any means but a diamond performance by a woman who brings the charisma of the classic soul days of Gladys Knight up to date - yet with her own identity.
Candi provided most of the lyrics and the emotion she breathes into them becomes your emotions too. Was this me back in 19..? or was it a friend's heartbreak just the other week?
Even if your life has been emotionally uncomplicated - as if - then just relax and enjoy the voice, the backing horns and rhythm section. Who knows but that you might drift down the road of, "Why didn't I ask her?" or "Whatever became of?"
To think I missed Candi Staton at Hoochie!
Love it!
Candi Staton - Life Happens is available from October 27.
Lance.

1 comment :

Patti D. said...

Let's start a petition to get Candi back to Hoochie Coochie!

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