Review: The Dale Storr Trio at Liverpool Marina – 18.07.13

Posted on: Monday, Jul 22, 2013

The Dale Storr Trio at Liverpool Marina – 18th July 2013

The glorious summer weather had already created a semi-exotic atmosphere at Liverpool Marina. The stunning performance of The Dale Storr Trio then completed the illusion and transported those of us who were fortunate enough to be there to the magical location that is New Orleans. Backed by the excellent rhythm section of Dave Raeburn on drums and bass guitarist Paul Mallatratt, Dale Storr, on piano and vocals, orchestrated the journey with a breathtaking demonstration of his prodigious skills.

After setting the scene with a solo instrumental, the Sheffield-based virtuoso introduced a boogie beat on Huey ‘Piano’ Smith’s “Sea Cruise” before switching to New Orleans funk with Chris Kenner’s “Something You Got”. A terrific version of Tommy Tucker’s “High-heeled Sneakers”, beginning with a rippling intro, led to a rousing delivery of “Iko Iko”, with an expression of due deference to Dr John.

A return to the music of Huey Smith in the form of “Rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu” led to the legendary Allen Toussaint with cracking versions of his “Get Out Of My Life, Woman” and “Mother-In-Law”. The marvellous set was completed with a boogie woogie classic, Big Joe Turner’s “Roll ‘Em , Pete”, which also gave Raeburn and Mallatratt the opportunity to showcase their exceptional skills.

Dale opened the second set back in solo mode with Henry Butler’s “Dr James” before the rhythm section joined him on a tremendous rendition of “Staggerlee”. Another Toussaint classic – the Ernie K-Doe hit “A Certain Girl” – was followed by the rumba-rhythmed “Sick n Tired” and another fabulous helping of New Orleans funk with “Classified”, whose composer, James Booker, is Dale’s ultimate influence. The set list returned once more to the peerless Toussaint‘s songbook for “Holy Cow”, which gave way to Dr John’s “Such A Night” and the final offering, Fats Domino’s “Ready, Willing and Able”, complete with a fantastic pianistic intro, a great drum solo and an impressive bass guitar cameo.

The thoroughly well-deserved standing ovation led to a loudly-demanded, extended encore to complete what was a masterclass in New Orleans-style rhythm and blues. Dale Storr is a very special talent and his rhythm section complements his talent superbly. This was top drawer entertainment, which will hopefully guarantee many a return visit in the future.


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