Jazz violinist Regina Carter captivated her buzz to the mic at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre on Saturday as it played “Crying in the Chapel” in Ella Fitzgerald’s aged version; again Carter playfully deconstructed it. She accomplished both aback to exhausted and the dejection and advanced into avant-garde sounds in her adorable “Simply Ella” tribute.
In a pre-concert account with WAMC’s Joe Donahue at UAlbany, Carter said she prefers dark, warm, viola-like tones and that she hears Ella’s articulation and words in her arch back she plays Ella’s songs. Noting that added Ella tributes will anon account the singer’s centenary, Carter said she abundantly chose Ella B-sides rather than better-known tunes.
Onstage at The Egg, Carter played mostly upbeat tunes, affluent in aphotic tones. She fabricated melodies apprehend like words and didn’t charge bashfulness at all. She and the bandage were stunning, from the quiet “Imagine My Frustration” aloof accomplished 8 to the boisterous “Chase the Dejection Away” a bit afore 10.
Their exhausted flowed from the basal up, from bagman Alvester Garnett (Carter’s husband) and bassist Chris Lightcap; while traditional, Teddy Wilson-like pianist Xavier Davis and modernist blue-note guitarist Marvin Sewell bridged from exhausted to Carter’s adapted fingers.
High-stepping, light-footed, this quintet could out-nuance anybody; and not aloof in ballads — “Dedicated to You,” apathetic and sweet, was the best affecting of those — but additionally in the beating ability they brought to the blues. Sewell fabricated the bandage complete like Muddy Waters had joined, lighting up “Chase the Dejection Away” with accelerate and wah-wah pedal.
Some of their best acute moments were apparent passages back everybody laid out but the soloist; Carter in the affable “Dedicated” and admirable “I Can’t Accept that You’re in Adulation With Me” and the long-line melody of “Judy;” but she additionally vamped supportively while others soloed.
Davis sparkled in “Accentuate the Positive” (sub-title of Carter’s Ella album, due in April) and meshed beautifully with Sewell’s low runs in “Undecided” afore Sewell took over to barrage a big beachcomber of sound. Carter went pizzicato in abutment afore accedence her own solo, spiced with a aftertaste of “Eleanor Rigby.”
Other quotes popped up, proving Carter can go anywhere with any song, and that the swing-time tunes Ella fabricated into applesauce abstract are in expert, agreeable hands
Tonight, Marcia Ball will cantankerous extra-long legs beneath her piano at the Upper Room (59 N. Pearl St., Albany), blaze up a glide-thump backbeat with her larboard hand, chords and melody with her right, cue the bandage and bedrock the abode like a anchorage bank or French Quarter club.
Texas-born, Louisiana-raised Ball sings of adulation and activity as big agitation and aerial elation, and has approved amazing skill, ability and abyss back the ’70s while acceptable actual dejection accolade in sight. Her 17th anthology “The Tattooed Lady & the Alligator Man” hit in 2014. This appearance replaces a twin-bill at The Egg with Buckwheat Zydeco whose afterlife afflicted zydeco admirers everywhere. Now, Ball plays the Upper Room tonight, again the Bearsville Theater Feb. 26 with the subdudes; the subdudes comedy The Egg on April 8. 8 p.m. $25-$150. 694-31000 www.theupperroomalbany.com
Popa Chubby plays on Friday at the Van Dyck (237 Union St., Schenectady). Sumo-shaped, NYC-based, shave-headed, active to the max, he abstruse the dejection through rockers Led Zeppelin, Cream and Hendrix afore advertent the originals to adapt the amalgam appearance he calls “Motorhead meets Muddy Waters.” His new “The Catfish” anthology is his 26th. Two shows: 7 and 9:30 p.m. $18 advance, $22 on Friday. 348-7999 www.vandycklounge.com
Old-school applesauce guitarists — speedy, deft, accepted ablaze and abysmal — Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo comedy Caffe Lena (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs) on Saturday. If Vignola is chief accomplice in this agilely counterbalanced duo, Raniolo holds his own. A scattering of Vignola’s 20-plus albums co-star Raniolo. 8 p.m. $22 advance, $25 door, $12.50 acceptance and children. 583-0022 www.caffelena.org
We charge Afro-pop to balmy up these days: the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars and Vusi Mahlasela comedy The Egg on Friday, aloof in time. The Refugees accomplish adorning music to complaining and banish adamantine times. Based in West African folk tales and tunes, their music has a dancey bounce. South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Mahlasela continued back becoming his nickname, “The Voice.”
At Proctors in backward 2013, he performed solo, “playing active finger-style acoustic guitar, singing in Zulu, Xhosa and English and introducing/explaining songs with such acute moral force that admirers acclaimed these compact, adorning speeches as abundant as the songs themselves,” as I appear here.
“He batten and sang of absolution for the crimes of ageism adjoin atramentous South Africans and of the adorableness in his addled land. His articulation accomplished from chair-rattling lows to plaster-etching highs, hardly application falsetto; the African tongues acceptance percussive clicks and affricate slurs.” Presented with the Sanctuary for Independent Media, this appearance allowances association radio base WOOC (103.5 FM). 7:30 p.m. $29.50. 473-1845 www.theegg.org
Also at The Egg, avant-garde applesauce leash the Bad Plus plays on Sunday. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and bagman David King ability ingenious, advanced originals; but their all-covers new anthology “It’s Hard” serves up songs by TV on the Radio, Prince, Ornette Coleman, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Johnny Cash, alike — accept it! — Barry Manilow, and more. 7:30 p.m. $34
Reach Gazette columnist Michael Hochanadel at [email protected]
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