Concert review: Madeleine Peyroux
Her mellow voice, sassy stage presence and top flight sidemen place her in a class of her own.
Madeleine Peyroux concert. Photo: Yossi Harsonski
Reading 3, November 11
Madeleine Peyroux has often been compared to jazz singers from Billie Holiday
down. Well after listening to her at Tel Aviv’s Reading 3 club on Sunday night,
I believe the new kids on the block are going to have to measure themselves
Her mellow voice, sassy stage presence and top flight
sidemen place her in a class of her own. She mesmerized a hip audience who
responded to her unique interpretations of well known songs such as Leonard
Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” and less well known items of her own
composition with equal enthusiasm.
She has filled out somewhat since her
last visit to Tel Aviv, but this has perhaps has lent even greater depth to her
multi-timbered voice. She seemed more comfortable with the laid-back atmosphere
at Reading, compared to her previous Tel Aviv venue, the large and imposing
Opera House auditorium, which attracted a mostly middle-aged audience who had
come to attend one of the regular “Jazz at the Opera” series.
fan base has obviously expanded and and it was clear that the crowd at Reading
was familiar with her work and had come specifically to hear her. The place was
packed to capacity, with standing room only for an overflow audience. Her disks
sold briskly after the show.
Peyroux is an accomplished composer and sang
several songs from her latest album, Standing on the Rooftop, which comprises
mostly her own original material.
Her CDs feature low-key jazz with a
thoughtful, haunting quality. However, on Sunday she burst onto the stage in
full voice backed by a driving quartet of accomplished jazzmen – Jon Herington,
guitar, Gary Versace, keyboard, Barak Mori, bass and Darren Beckett – all of
whom accompanied her on her previous visit.
Peyroux invited top Israeli
jazzman Avishai Cohen to to join her in several songs and his trumpet paralleled
her voice in compelling duos. Mori, her bassist, is Israeli and when she invited
leading local saxophonist Eli Dejibri to jam with them in the final song
“Careless Love,” the crowd roared its appreciation.