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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Meshell Ndegeocello @ Pizza Express Stage, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, April 30.

(Review by Steve T).
It takes at least two major attractions to get me to Cheltenham; Chick Corea speaks for itself and I'm currently really into this lady and was looking forward to a Gloucestershire hotpot of funk, rock, hip-hop, soul and Jazz.
But after a four hour drive, a lost phone and a twenty minute sound-check which left us in the rain and saw the fifteen minute transfer time for Chick Corea disappear, the sense of it all was coming into question.
When she arrived she was more unassuming than I'd expected, looking like Joan Armatrading and talking like Toni Morrison. A song based on a poem she really likes called Continuous Performance, Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne and Don't let me be Misunderstood and I was starting to feel misunderstood.
Then came the warning, it was going to get loud and brash - thank goodness for that - with some C21st American Music. Ironic at a festival which stretches any definition of Jazz beyond any recognition at all, and from an artist whose music is likely to become increasingly thought of as Jazz.
Some rapping, some echo, some risqué lyrics and the lady pumping away at her bass, lots of reverb and heavy riffs on the guitar, rock solid drumming and some Eno style weird and exotic sounds from the keyboard setup, evocative of early Roxy Music, incidentally featuring another of wuh great Geordie drummers dipped in the Tyne by his mam while still a bairn.
It was on a steep curve but many of us left to take our seats for Chick Corea.
Steve T.

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