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Les Paul Trio

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Les Paul Trio
Starring Les Paul on Guitar
Lou Pallo, Guitar
Nicki Parrott, Bass
And Special Guest, José Feliciano
(Jose Feliciano Website)
Iridium Jazz Club
Arthur Pomposello, Manager
1650 Broadway, Corner of 51st St, NYC

Media Contact: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 17, 2005

(See Les Paul’s 88th Birthday Celebration). At one of Les Paul’s regular Monday night gigs at Iridium, I stayed for both sets, because Les was in rare form, and because Jose Feliciano was to appear later in the evening. In the first set (Les always has a special guest or three), a tap dancer, Andrew Nemr, appeared and hoofed across the stage in hip, rapid style. Nemr kept a nice pace with the trio, both physical and verbal, as Les always teases his guests a bit. Australian Nicki Parrott, one of the sexiest bassists around these days, played My Baby True in great rapport with Les on guitar. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was soulful and ended with a disappearing refrain.

Somebody Loves Me, with rapid rippling themes, was followed by Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, strong and sensitive. Sweet Georgia Brown, with a full blast of energy and enthusiasm, was led by the renowned Les Paul, in both melody and roaring rhythm. Lou Pallo plays backup guitar, most of the time, and can be relied upon for perfect pitch, perfect mood, perfect tempo. The second set had Les in even rarer form, and Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, preceded It Had To Be You. One song turns to another, as ballad overlaps ballad. Pennies from Heaven was led by Les in melancholy manner, followed by Lady Is a Tramp. Save a Little Love for Me was on the heels of Route 66 and Funny Valentine, sung and played quite well on piano by a guest from the audience. Les is generous with his stage, and his fans are more than abundant.

Andrew Nemr returned to hoof to a challenging, extra fast Cherokee. Then a mellow piece allowed Nemr to showcase his talent. Blue Skies, with just the Les Paul trio alone, was followed by Blues in A, with Jose Feliciano’s appearance in an instrumental and Georgia On My Mind. Feliciano had a down home country style, as Les played a contrasting key. Elvis Presley’s Tell Me What I Say, without imitation, encompassed Feliciano’s own rambunctious rhythm.

Les told the audience a rare anecdote about Django Reinhardt and the first tape recorder in 1946. A guest played Brubeck’s Take Five in E flat, and then lovely ballads closed the set, such as Somebody Loves Me and more. You can catch Les Paul at Iridium most Monday night. Check the Iridium Website for Les Paul's Bio and performance dates.

Nicki Parrott on Bass
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Lou Pallo on Guitar
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Les Paul and Jose Feliciano
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Les Paul with Paul and Charlotte
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Les Paul with Paul and Charlotte
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