Rickie Lee Jones & Madeleine Peyroux Rock
updated: Mar 20, 2017, 8:00 AM
By Sue Foley, Dedicated Staff of edhat.com
It was a loyal and appreciative audience who turned out to see Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux perform at The Arlington Theater on Friday night. I was happy to attend, as I have been a longtime fan of Jones.
Madeleine Peyroux and her trio, electric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori opened the show. Peyroux is an Atlanta-born, French-American jazz and blues singer/songwriter. Her selections ranged from originals to jazz and blues covers totally owned by Peyroux’s gorgeous voice and the unique and exceptional sound of the group. She is witty and expressive in her delivery, and I must say, I have never heard Danny Boy performed quite like they did. I am a new fan.
Rickie Lee Jones was an icon of cool back in the day. Her voice was high and sweet and slurry and oh so badass. Her talent was huge. Jones has continued to record and evolve for most of the last forty years. She has never been confined by the conventions of songwriting and performance, and that has been illustrated both by her ebb and flow in the mainstream of popular music, and by her artistic evolution as a jazz musician.
When Rickie Lee Jones came on the stage, the audience was excited. I was a little nervous – I had heard stuff – maybe she didn’t have a voice anymore. She started and I held my breath. And after just a couple of rough notes, there she was. Still badass.
She appeared last night with her New Orleans-based drummer and electric guitarist. She was warm and friendly and commented that being in the Arlington was like performing in a little village. She serenaded the enthusiastic audience with many of her classics, The Last Chance Texaco, Chuck E’s in Love, Youngblood. Her voice is different now, more mature, a little deeper. But there were many moments inside of the songs when that high, clear, amazing sound came out to complement the new slant on her music. And when she sat down at the piano and began to play and get lost in Infinity, a song from her latest album, The Other Side of Desire, I loved it. I’m certain I caught a look at that laughing, fresh-faced, beret wearing, amazing artist that she was and still is.
Sue Foley is a member of the dedicated staff, who gratefully attended last night’s concert. She is not a music reviewer, just a bigtime music fan with an opinion.
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