Thursday November 21, 2013: The Jazz Café, London
I met up with Bluey just a few weeks before this gig and he persuaded me that this was not an event to be missed - he was not wrong!
At the last minute, just two days before the gig, he got me onto his guest list, and jazz-singer Shireen Francis came along with me. We showed up at 7PM and rushed upstairs to grab the only available table - a lucky cancellation, as all the tables had been booked well in advance!
To open the show, Bluey sang a couple of songs from his solo album, the first of these just with the conga player and Jim Mullen accompanying him on guitar, the second, “Take a Chance On Me”, with the band. Click here to listen to this.
Jim Mullen played a solo piece which the crowd really loved - click here to listen to this - then the band played “Soul Eyes”, one of Jim’s favourite tunes from his Morrissey Mullen repertoire - click here to listen to this.
Then it was on with the Donald Byrd Tribute tunes. Click here to listen to the intro to “Places and Spaces”. I captured Jim’s solo on “Step Into Tomorrow” in its entirety - click here to listen to this. When the band launched into “Change - let’s all do the Hustle”, the crowd needed no more urging - they were all up on their feet dancing, even in the restaurant and balcony areas! Click here to listen to this. After this, the band just never let up, building the excitement until the drummer and the percussionist took over and just tore the place up with their ‘duelling beats’ - click here to listen to this!
Bluey announced that this project has been recorded and will be released next year under the band name ‘Citrus Sun’, followed by another Incognito album. No rest for this man from Mauritius - keeping his many fans happy with such a constant stream of amazing recordings!
Nice one, Bluey!
© 2013 Mike Collins
It’s that time of year again, so here is my musical offering for the Christmas Season - featuring Aurora Colson on vocals, jazzy guitar licks from Jim Mullen, Roger Beaujolais on vibes, a cameo appearance from Sam Dubois on steel pans, tasty drums and bass from Blair Cunningham and Winston Blissett, Bill Mudge playing Wurlitzer piano, and myself playing the guitar solo, accordion, pedal harp, and lots of hand percussion!
Merry Xmas to one and all!