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.)
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
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
Russ Velazquez takes on this Beatles classic with Jon Cobert on keys
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
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: https://stevewexlertopshelf.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/25or6to4.mp3
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: https://stevewexlertopshelf.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/pennylane.mp3
99 Percent: https://stevewexlertopshelf.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/99percent1.mp3
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: https://stevewexlertopshelf.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/tellmesomethinggood.mp3
Since I Fell For You: https://stevewexlertopshelf.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/sinceifellforyou.mp3
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: https://stevewexlertopshelf.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/gottogetyouintomylife.mp3
Who Stole My Radio: https://stevewexlertopshelf.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/whostolemyradio.mp3
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!)