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Sunday, April 08, 2018

GIJF Day 2: Ruby Turner - Sage Gateshead, April 7

Ruby Turner (vocal); Jason Thompson (keys); Nick Marland (guitar); Paul Pryor (bass guitar); Simon Moore (drums).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
With or without Jools Holland, Ruby Turner is a ball of fire just waiting to be ignited. Although tonight was without Jools, his presence wasn't missed and the blue touchpaper was lit from bar one of I'm Not the One. This lady hoots and hollers, shouts and sings, like few soul sisters (or brothers) either side of the Atlantic.
I didn't get the names of all the songs and many of the titles I did get were, in the cold light of morning, meaningless (try writing in the dark and you'll know what I mean).
Songs I did decipher/recognise were: Master Plan; Still on my Mind; There is Something on Your Mind and of course, the showstopping Etta James classic I'd Rather Go Blind. This brought the audience to their feet for the inevitable standing ovation she deserved and the raunchy encore the audience demanded.
Throughout, guitarist Marland took a host of solos that kept the flame burning, a flame that never flickered when keyboard ace Thompson took it up nor when bassman Pryor who also seemed to be controlling things had his place in the sun (the lighting, incidentally, wasn't always perfect and Ruby had to request adjustments as the night unfolded) whilst Simon Moore on kit excelled. At a jazz festival, top-notch drum solos are the norm and this was the norm plus!
A session full of soul and an indication of how blurred the lines have become 'twixt music's many genres.

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