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  • John Kelman wrote on August 07, 2008 report

    Ashford & Simpson
    Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    June 5, 2008

    The scintillating, sexy, superlative, sexagenarian Rock & Roll Hall of Fame entertainers delivered the goods in a
    highly anticipated show Thursday evening, June 5, during the first set of their two-night engagement at The
    Dakota. If there is a Mt. Rushmore for composers of the Great American Songbook, Ashford & Simpson are
    right there with Rodgers & Hart, George & Ira Gershwin, Kern & Hammerstein, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Cole
    Porter, Irving Berlin. This is a must see show.

    A&S received several rousing ovations during the show, most notably after memorable performances of
    "I'm Every Woman" featuring Simpson and "Found A Cure" and "Is It Still Good To Ya" by the dynamic duo.
    Receiving a fourth standing ovation at the end of the show for their walk-off number, "Solid As A Rock," A&S
    came back on stage and delivered an exceptional rendition of another classic, "You're All I Need To Get By."
    Sensory overload was unavoidable as a listener was seeing and hearing Nick & Val live but also vicariously
    seeing and hearing Chaka, Teddy, Marvin & Tammi.

    A trip down Motown Memory Lane that included "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing," "Heaven Must Have
    Sent You," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and a host of others reminded us all that A&S were at the heart of
    The Sound Of Young America as the label was known. Virtually all of their songs were met with instant
    recognition after the first few notes or words. It was total audience engagement in a "Name That Tune"
    challenge on which we were all winners.

    Their songs have stood the test of time due to their substantive lyrics; there is no filler to be found.
    Legendary consummate entertainers exhibiting beautiful choreography and excellent symmetry in the famously
    intimate setting of The Dakota was a truly intoxicating experience.

    Published on behalf of Mario Carrington