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New Bottles for Old Wine — Van Morrison and Moondance

I’m always impressed with artists that take a tune for which they are famous and change it in a way that is faithful to the original yet fresh.

In the mid 1990s Van Morrison started performing a “big band” version of Moondance, his hit from 25 years earlier.  Here’s one performance from 1995 that features Georgie Fame on organ.

I’ve always enjoyed this song and we will be adding it to the Top Shelf repertoire (with horns of course.)

Sights and Sounds from The Cutting Room — July 19, 2013

It was HOT, HOT, HOT outside and the band was smokin’ inside.

Here are some of the sounds…

Love The One You’re With
Edlene Hart channels Aretha

Higher Ground
Russ Velazquez channels both Stevie Wonder *and* Sammy Davis Jr., with Gene Lewin driving the band

Unchain My Heart
Tim Ouimette’s inspired trumpet solo

Oh, Darling
Russ Velazquez takes on this Beatles classic with Jon Cobert on keys

Georgia
Edlene Hart gives it her all on this original arrangement of the Hoagy Carmichael Classic

Green Onions and James Bond
R&B Meets the movies

…And here are some of he sights from Amy Kerwin of Dragonfly Photography.

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Sights and Sounds from The Cutting Room, June 7 (Part 4)

Chrissi Poland, Edlene Hart, and Keith Fluitt tearing it up on 25 or 6 to 4, our encore for the evening.  Check out the Top Shelf horns (Tim Ouimette, Louise Baranger, Joe Meo, and Jon Saxon) and guitar work from Peter Calo.

25 or 6 to 4:

Photos by Ben Ross

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Sights and Sounds from The Cutting Room, June 7 (Part 3)

More highlights.

Peter Calo sings Penny Lane and Louise Baranger nails the piccolo trumpet solo, then Peter leads the band on his original song 99 Percent.

Penny Lane: 

99 Percent: 

Photos by Ben Ross

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Sights and Sounds from The Cutting Room, June 7 (Part 2)

More from our show.

Andricka Hall and Chrissi Poland crush Tell Me Something Good (with great soloing from Louise Baranger and Peter Calo) and then Chrissi smolders on Since I Fell For You.

Tell Me Something Good: 

Since I Fell For You: 

Photos by Ben Ross

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Sights and Sounds from The Cutting Room, June 7 (Part 1)

What a great show!

Andricka Hall and Keith Fluitt got the the crowd moving with Got To Get You Into My Life and Who Stole My Radio.

Got To Get You Into My Life: 

Who Stole My Radio: 

Photos by Ben Ross.

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More Great 21st Century Soul and R&B

Last year I wrote a blog post about how there’s been an onslaught of artists that are producing truly world-class R&B and soul, including Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, and Shemekia Copeland (not to mention Adele and Bruno Mars).

Here’s a very worthwhile addition to this list:

A friend told me about Chrissi Poland almost a year ago and I’m delighted to report that the stars have finally aligned and Chrissi will be joining us for our upcoming show. See The Top Shelf at The Cutting Room on June 7 for more information.

(and yes, it is entirely “possible” that we will perform this song on June 7. Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh!)