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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Motown Sessions...

Last night Stu and I went to Camden's glitzy Jazz Cafe to see the rather wonderful Motown Legends; Brenda Holloway, Mable John, Chris Clark, Jack Ashford and 'his' Funk Brothers.

There were two sets both lasting about a hour and a quarter. The first was Jack Ashford chatting (chatting a bit too much I might add) and his twelve piece backing band and singers performing various Motown standards; I Heard It Through Grapevine, Superstition, (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave, Papa Was a Rollin' Stone etc.

The second set started with Mable John - 79 and still going strong. Her gravely voice was fantastic. She's still got it. Highpoint: Who Wouldn't Love a Man Like That.

Then we were treated to Chris 'Dusty Springfield' Clark. My word, what a revelation. She was funny, gushing, strangely ghost-like and packed some great songs. Highpoint: I Want To Go Back There Again.

Finally, the legend herself, Brenda Holloway. She was simply magnificent. Boy that woman can sing. Real hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck stuff. Highpoint: You've Made Me So Very Happy.

We left as the house band started up yet another Motown cover: Stevie Wonder's I Wish.

Great night.

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