Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Soulful of Gold

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Soulful of Gold

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Byline: JACK MASSARIK

JosE Feliciano Jazz CafE, NW1

SOME 45 minutes into an opening-night set of almost two hours, the great JosE Feliciano laid down his jumbo acoustic guitar, its nylon strings still quivering after a dazzling, punishing workout, and picked up a solid-body electric. "Time for some rock 'n' roll," he declared, with the hasty rider: "Rock at the Jazz CafE? Is that OK?"

Er, no problem, amigo. As Ellington observed, it ain't whatcha do, it's the way thatcha do it. Whereas many so-called jazz groups don't produce a note of jazz all night, this superb blind artist, an unclassifiable giant who never bills himself as a jazzman, positively drips jazz spirit with every note he sings or plays.

Fronting a hardworking sixpiece US combo, the chunky Spanish-Harlem superstar sang with heart-touching power, played his guitars with joyful passion and struck as deep a groove in his salsa specials - Somos, She's in my Blood, Bambolero - as in his hardrockin' treatments of I Saw Her Standing There and It's All Right Mama. …

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