Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jools and Friends Show Their Versatility at Feelgood Party

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jools and Friends Show Their Versatility at Feelgood Party

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

Jools Holland at Royal Albert Hall

JOOLS HOLLAND had only dipped a toe into his fathomless contacts book, but still came up with enough stars to keep Rhythm And Blues show shining bright for more than two hours.

First, though, the reminder that this was Holland's show. A huge, frustratinglyblurred video screen showed closeups of his fingers dancing across his piano, and he even sang a number of songs. His voice was fairly high with a limited range, showing why he normally leaves the vocals to others, but the enthusiasm of his Minnie the Moocher-style call and response routines went down well.

Demonstrating his versatility, for another section he rose from his stool, peeled off his red braces and played Jools Holland at Royal Albert Hall boogie guitar. So familiar a sight is he at the piano that this was like watching a dog walking on its hind legs.

Regular foils Sam Brown and Ruby Turner appeared; Turner for an expressive gospel interpretation of Blowin' In The Wind, Brown rising to a mighty holler on Juice Head Blues. …

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