Review: Kyla Brox – Live . . . At Last”

Posted on: Monday, Mar 3, 2014

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Kyla Brox – Live . . . At Last

(Pigskin Records: PIGCD04)

Soon to be released a class, double live album from the Mancunian blues/soul/jazz diva, Kyla Brox.

The first album in this set, is a live acoustic take , with Kyla Brox on vocals and flute, Danny Bromeley on guitar and Tony Marshall on saxophone. Some tracks have appeared on previous albums, with most being self penned, but with a live and acoustic rendition they have a whole new feel.

Superb vocals from Kyla, as you would expect, with Danny playing acoustic guitar, with all I can say is brilliance! Great guitar solos throughout, but he particularly comes to life on the up tempo number ‘Too Young To Care’ , what a player! Kyla also shows her expertise as a flautist on ‘Don’t Mess With My Man’ and ‘Do I Move You’. There is some wonderful sax playing from Tony with jazz overtones on the final five tracks of this superb acoustic album.

So many different tempos fill this album, but one track immediately springs to mind. ‘Feeling Good’, a classic, which is performed with such feeling and sensitivity, absolutely magic. Another track, ‘All Breaking Down’ is haunting with flute and sax and superb vocals from Kyla, it also has a fair bit of audience participation which adds to the ambiance of this live performance.

The final track on the album ‘Gone’, is one of the most iconic tracks. So beautifully sung and played, it does give you goose bumps!

Moving on to the second CD in the set, recorded live at The Great British R&B Festival in Colne in 2012, with the full band. Kyla on vocals and flute, Danny on bass guitar, Tony on sax, Paul Farr on electric guitar, Rick Weedon on drums and John Ellis on keys, it bursts into a full on band sound with ‘Ball And Chain’, some great Hammond input. A classic sultry jazzy blues and Kyla can sure hold a note!!!

A couple of ‘funky’ numbers follow, with guest Franny Eubank on harmonica on ‘Shaken And Stirred’, which was certainly ‘in the groove’.

With a mix of slow and up beat rockin’ numbers, it was great to hear vocal input on the final track, ‘Wang Dang Doodle’ from the master of early blues/jazz, Mr Victor Brox. A great take on this classic number.

Superb vocals and flute playing from Kyla and some outstanding sax playing throughout the album from Tony. As a live album, it gives you a true picture of how good this band really is.

Both albums have an ‘edge’ that a good live recording can only give. Brilliant musicianship throughout.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive

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