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EVENT Review – Funk & Soul Jam – 29 Dec 2013

Soul&FunkLateNiteJam-Beth29Dec13EVENT:  Funk & Soul Jam
DATE:     Sun 29 December 2013
VENUE: Blue Beat, Double Bay
NSW, Australia
PERFORMERS:  Sarina Jennings, Carlos C Major, Lauren Dawes, James Tuialii, Laura Stitt (+ Uncle Jed – Shannon, Ben Ackland, Dave Jackson, Adam Pringle, Noel Mason, Simon Ferenci), Victor Rounds, Marcello Maio, Paul Mason, Abe Rounds, Danny G Felix, David Weir,  Nic Jeffries, Salvatore Santoro, Dauno Martinez, Josue Vilches and Elias Vilches

The fourth in a series of events created and produced by promoter Beth McLachlan, this event was not only about the music, it was also a mighty fine excuse to celebrate her 40th birthday!

We arrived mid-way through the nights proceedings to find an almost full house of people partying to the heady vibe that permeated Blue Beat.  Being a Sunday night and 2 days before New Years Eve I’d wondered if many people would venture out, but I was thrilled to find the funk & soul fans enthusiastically appreciating the excellent program of music.

Laura Stitt (of UNCLE JED, the recent “Australia’s Got Talent” contest winner), was in ultra fine form, at one point causing the audience to stop in their tracks to gaze in awe at her sensational singing talent ably assisted by the boys in the band.

Sarina Jennings, Lauren Dawes, James Tuialli, Carlos C Major, Nic Jeffries, Victor Rounds… all sang their hearts out, while the muso lineup was a virtual who’s who of Sydney’s soul & funk scene.  With generous crowd encouragement, each artist took turns in showcasing their considerable artistry.

One of the night’s highlights was when Amelia Rounds, playing bass, joined her father – the ubiquitous Victor Rounds [playing keys at that stage] – and brother Abe on drums, for her first ever “professional” performance playing Sly Stones’ “Everyday People”, which nearly brought the house down!

After the second set came to a close, DJ Sam Z kept the crowd entertained until more muso’s took to the stage, including Dauno Martinez, Josue & Elias Vilches and others, with Victor taking over the mic to continue the jam late into the night.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening of splendid selections played by a plethora of talented muso’s featuring fantastic musicianship, presented with skill, dedication and happy abandon!

The crowd enjoyed helping Beth celebrate her birthday in the best possible way.   Although she’s moved to Adelaide let’s hope Beth remembers to bring her talents back to Sydney to present more of these events in the not too distant future.

CD Review – Lily Dior – June 2012

LilyDior-coverTitle:        Let’s Talk About It
Label:      Independent
Year:        2012
Tracks:    12
Website:  https://www.lilydior.com
Location:  Sydney, Australia

Having been a fan of Lily’s for many years and knowing her superb talent, I was eagerly anticipating this album.  I’m even more delighted than I’d expected!

Lily had said this set would be more soulful than her previous jazz releases, which it is, but it also encompasses funk, blues, gospel, ballads, and a whole lot more.

The production is superb, the musicianship exceptional, and Lily’s musicality and singing is breathtaking.  Her writing skills, which I’d never thought about before, are outstanding and IMHO she’s up there with Diane Warren!

Although the album was in gestation for a considerable period, the time taken to ‘get it right’ has certainly paid off, and if you’ve never heard Lily before, here’s your chance to be blown away!  Be prepared for the goose bumps!

I love every song on the album, with the standouts being Love’s Like a River (co-written with Ben Fink), and the blues ballad Can’t Stop Me Crying – one of Lily’s finest compositions to date… there’s those goose bumps again!   Also included is a superb cover of Billy Holliday’s Who Needs You.

The late Carolyn Shine wrote Set Me Free and with Lily’s gospel-laden treatment, and Brendan St.Leder’s organ/piano work, this track is just sublime.  (More goose-bump material!)

Lily invited singer/composer Daryl Aberhart to contribute a couple of  songs  and he delivers two fine blues/funk tracks Surely By Now and Don’t Say a Thing (Lily co-wrote the latter).

You may think I’m being dramatic, but I cannot say it any clearer – this is one of the finest albums I’ve heard in recent times!   If you don’t include this on your listening list immediately, you are missing out!  Get a copy for yourself and one for someone who’ll appreciate your exquisite taste!

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Lily Dior

Album Personnell:
Piano/Organ/Wurly/Rhodes – Brendan St.Ledger,
Bass – Alex Hewetson
Drums – Jamie Cameron
Guitar Arne Hanna
Trombone – James Greening
Tenor Sax – Matt Keegan
Trumpet – Nick Garbett
BVs – Tina Harrod, Virna Sanzone, Mitch Anderson,
Ben Fink and Rebekah Jensen.
String arrangements: Sarah McCallum.
Produced by:  Lily Dior
Sound Engineer & Mixing:  Richard Belkner