Simply Red in Concert
Simply Red I saw in the 90s at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. It’s a large venue but on this occasion the stage was in the centre of the hall, and formed a long shallow ‘S’ shape with a performing area at each end. It was hard to know at which end the band would actually play, but when the concert started I realized I’d got lucky – the band was near the end where I was standing. However, halfway through the show the band switched to the other end of the ‘S’, where they had an identical set up, apart from the keyboard, which I remember being slickly carried from one end to the other.
Throughout the show Mick Hucknall, Simply Red’s lead singer, would frequently pass from one stage to the other, sometimes walking, sometimes skipping, and even running, but never allowing his movement to impair his vocals.
The band sounded very much like their records, which is a compliment to both the musicians and the sound engineers. Of course they could have been lip-syncing (miming), but I doubt it.
Although not a jazz group some of their songs contain short, but inspiring, jazz solos. The soprano saxophone solo at the end of Enough, from their 1989 album ‘A New Flame’, is a prime example.
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Nov. 27, 2017. After evaluating the Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 2nd Generation USB Interface for several months, I can now post this in-depth review.
Oct. 30, 2017. The KORG SV-1 Keyboard Image Gallery has been updated this month with a brief description added to each photograph.
Sept. 25, 2017. This month sees the addition of a new piece of music - Heaven's Door.
Aug. 29, 2017. This month I've added a small selection of old photographs to a new page entitled Gallery - Archive.
July 26, 2017. The question I attempt to answer this month is Why Pay For Music? Leaving aside the legal argument there is much more to consider. Read the article to find out more.
June 28, 2017. This month features an article on how to make DIY Acoustic Panels that don't need attaching to a wall with screws or glue.
May 29, 2017. New this month is a selection of six Royalty Free Radio Jingles.
April 30, 2017. After a half-year break from adding new material to this site, I've added an article / review on Headphone Holders.
Jan. ~ Mar. 2017. New posts coming soon.
A relaxing Smooth Jazz CD. Listen to extracts of all 12 tracks now.
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