Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Allen Toussaint at Ronnie Scott's

Tuesday 15-Apr-14

We had planned to go to Jazz Fest last year but changed our plans so it was good to get a dose of New Orleans boogie-woogie here in London.

More pictures from Ronnie Scott's FaceBook page

Again we had booked priority seating so had a brilliant view on the raised sections directly opposite the stage.

Four star review from the FT:
"Few have done more to popularise his home city’s music. In the 1960s and 1970s, as a songwriter, producer, session pianist and solo performer, he updated New Orleans’ traditions of street parades and R&B for the new age of soul and funk. […] An entertaining tour through a remarkable half-century of songcraft ensued. Toussaint was an affable guide, and his songs, whether written for others or himself, came across as infectiously good-natured […] His vocals sounded impressively sturdy, given his age, while his piano-playing was deft."
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More praise from The Jazz Journal:
"Throughout, Toussaint laid down some inimitable piano work, an updated version of Professor Longhair in its slow moving bass lines and tumbling treble. He is a fine blues musician, and steeped through and through in the very soul of New Orleans. If at times he sounds like Doctor John, that is to be expected, but I also heard the wry confessional of Randy Newman, and that is high praise indeed."
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