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FRANCES MADDEN SOULFULLY WOWS AT FOUNDRY616

Foundry616 has been named in the Top 200 Jazz Clubs in the World by DownBeat Magazine and it doesn’t take much time there to see why.  Cosy and intimate, one can enjoy jazz as it was meant to be and the audio mix the night I went to see Frances Madden’s PRACTICAL MAGIC was brilliant.

This is such a lovely blended show.  It gives the listener a feel for the virtuosity of Madden and her band with a playlist that blends old tunes with more modern rhythms, jazz standards to enjoy with familiarity and some superbly written original work which showcases Madden’s feel for the poetry and impact of a lyric.  All delivered with technical excellence and emotive, personal execution. Continue reading FRANCES MADDEN SOULFULLY WOWS AT FOUNDRY616

FEELING GOOD WITH FRANCES MADDEN : A MEMORABLE  SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE BASEMENT

It was so good to be at the Basement again, Sydney’s legendary jazz venue. We were there to see Frances Madden and her Band.

This young lady of jazz has built up a really good following  and plenty of respect from her jazz peers.

Frances played two sets with about ten songs each bracket. She  had a warm, silky voice with great phrasing, was very deft on the piano, and had a good rapport with both her band and her audience.

Her concert was a winning mix of strong original material and lovely renditions of pop standards.

First for the original material. Some favourites. I loved the up tempo, jivey Haunting Melody, with rich saxophone and trumpet.

Two of her ballads stood out, I Will Remember You and The One Who Walks You Home, poems dedicated to those who have indelibly touched her  life. I Will Remember You featured lovely flugelhorn playing.

Francis’ cover versions featured some lovely arrangements – I  loved the way her voice caressed every nuance out of I Love Paris/ La Vie En Rose. Simply beautiful.

Her soulful, very catchy delivery of the Beatles classic Can’t Buy Me Love  was another highlight, as was her bluesy version of the Nina Simone classic Feeling Good.

During her second Set Frances included a rendition of ‘a song by a composer who died late last year.’ The song just happened to be Hallelujah, one of Leonard Cohen’s masterworks.

The audience which built up through the night lapped up every minute of the concert. We were all sad to see the concert finish. For her two encores she gave very bluesy versions of two pop standards, Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Georgia On My Mind. Continue reading FEELING GOOD WITH FRANCES MADDEN : A MEMORABLE  SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE BASEMENT