I was lucky enough to witness an evening of sublime musicianship from Mr Cooder and his band of merry men.
The evening started off with a short set from “number one son Joachim” and his accompanying bass player Sam Gandell. Joachim was playing a strange instrument which I read was an electronic zither – he has a decent voice – very 70s in tone and the gig has made me want to pick up a copy of his album “Fuchsia Machu Picchu”.
After a short 15 minute break Ry Cooder wandered on to the stage clutching a mac book and proceeded to wow the sold out audience with songs from pretty much all of his albums including a brilliant version of Woody Guthrie’s “Vigilante Man” including some lines about Trayvon Martin.
It’s not enough really to mention the titles of the songs and a review can never do the gig justice but I remember “How can a poor man stand such times and live”, “Down in the boondocks” and a superb version of “Jesus on the mainline” as being wonderful. Several songs featured from the new album “The prodigal son” and, on these he gave his backing singers The Hamiltones full rein.These are three very sweet voiced gentlemen who also had a couple of feature spots of their own. The gig ended with a stand out version of “Little sister”. This really was an evening to remember.
Mainly men “of a certain age”
It made me think..
Why put it on a Cadogan Hall – the promoter could (I am sure) have filled the Apollo a few times over