Review - Live at Yoshi's

Artist: Dee Dee Bridgewater

Live at Yoshi's
Label: Verve
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Live at Yoshi's

The Memphis-born singer, based in France since the '80s, reaffirms her rep as a true inheritor of the tradition defined by such fallen idols as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Betty Carter.

Buoyed by the intuitive support of pianist-organist Thierry Eliez, drummer Ali Jackson and bassist Thomas Bramerie, Bridgewater sings/scats like she's on a mission on "Slow Boat to China," "Stairway to the Stars," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Midnight Sun" and a sprinting "Cherokee."

Her personable stage chatter, sultry bilingual come-ons and riffs borrowed from Herbie Hancock tunes "Chameleon" and "Watermelon Man" color a 14-minute version of "Love for Sale." She toasts Soul Brother No. 1 with an exuberant, if brief, work-out on "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine." It's a bracing sonic postcard from a three-day 1988 stint at the noted northern California jazz spot.

WE LOVE OUR READERS!

Since 1990, Orlando Weekly has served as the free, independent voice of Orlando, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming an Orlando Weekly Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today because you love us, too.

Scroll to read more Music Stories + Interviews articles

Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.