Storm Large – Le Bonheur

9/9/14: http://stormlarge.com/  Until last night, I had never heard Storm Large in a live performance.

I recorded some solos on her new CD and heard her voice in the headphones while I was tracking (gave me chills up my neck), but the live show is something else entirely.

What a magnificent voice, wonderful technique and limitless chops. Everything is perfectly in tune, every phrase is gracefully connected and supported out to the last little curly tendril of extremity and possibility. There’s delicate subtlety, there’s ferocity. Just when you think she has reached the end of her air, she goes for another measure, or four more, or eight. When you think she has reached the peak, she finds another one, stronger, and then another, and maybe one more for good measure–and still she sounds like there’s something in reserve. And in that same breath, she can take that crushing, seismic fortissimo down to a microscopic whisper–impossibly, seamlessly, beautifully. Tremendous strength, control and skill in the service of a beautiful musical idea and the illusion that there’s nothing to it. 

And, her band is fantastic, solid, tasty, gutsy, crafty, grooving powerfully, ready to turn on a stylistic dime and cheerfully hauling the extra strings and winds, or your local symphony orchestra, along for the ride.

Buy her CD, and if she comes to town, catch the show (Don’t bring the kids).

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