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Author: Subject: Rickie Lee Jones, The Fillmore, San Francisco, 3-3-07

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  posted on 3/4/2007 at 02:29 PM
I went last night not really knowing what to expect. I'd never seen Rickie Lee Jones, nor do I own one record by her. All I know is some songs I've heard on the radio, although she doesn't seem to have had a hit in many years.

I really felt that I was in the presence of a TRUE artist last night, and we all know that artist is a term that is often abused. Rickie Lee is playing music that comes from down within, and at times this show was nothing less that spectacular and awe inspiring. I got to The Fillmore at 9:05 for a 9:00 show and figured, of course there would be an opening act. Wrong. Ten minutes after I walked in, Rickie Lee strode out and sat down at the grand piano and belted out 25 minutes or so of heartfelt ballads about love and life. Her vocal range and power was nothing short of incredible. Her bass player using a violin bow on his bass was the only occasional accompaniment during this short set.

Then Rickie Lee brought out her band and proceeded to take us on a musical journey that was at times breathtaking, stunning, spiritual and ALWAYS very original. Her band consists of bass, drums, two guitars and a backup vocalist, all men. The music for the next ninety minutes I could only describe as a truly ingenius mixture of country, R & B and jazz. What a musical journey she took us on, the highlight being a tale about John The Baptist with spacy slide guitars and just an other-wordly atmospheric feel for 10 minutes.
Much of it I assume was from her new record which she mentioned came out only a few weeks ago. The audience was reverant and respectful..............at the quiet moments you could here a pin drop. Well, almost.........there was the one female fan who couldn't resist yelling out, "Chuck E.'s in Love!!" a couple of times. The second time Rickie Lee just stopped, and said, "That's not gonna get you anywhere.............it makes me laugh."
Yeah, it made me laugh, because it was the ultimate disrespect for someone who has come so far musically from that great but simple pop hit from the 70's. Rickie Lee finished with a 20 minute or so encore, one tune with her band and two with just her on guitar accompanied by one guitarist. Total time onstage was two hours.

Rickie Lee Jones is nothing but an immensely talented and uncompromising artist who at times bordered on genius last night. I'm glad I had the good sense to check her out and I would recommend anyone who wants an otherwordly musical experience do the same.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2007 at 03:07 PM
I've always loved RLJ since the first album. Saw her at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow in early 90's and she was brilliant. Stupid fans kept on using flash after she asked them to stop, so we didn't get an encore, but the main set was enough for me. I do voluntary stewarding at a little 500-seater concert hall in Bristol. It's mailnly classical with a bit of world and jazz and more lately what I would call "mature singer-songwriters" eg Roger McGuinn, Terry Reid, Janis Ian. Goes who's on in May? It will a privelege to see her in such an intimate setting. And I'm not volunteering that night - I'll be paying my money for my usual 3 rows from the front seat.

 

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  posted on 3/5/2007 at 01:25 PM
Thanks so much for posting this review of Ricki Lee, rob!!! The Duchess of Coolsville has always been one of my all-time favorites (believe I have most of her CD's and play the SHZZ out of then all). She is one of those rare people who are equally talented with words and music. And she's on my list of must see artists - glad you enjoyed the show ... now send her my way!!!

 

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