258

Eli "Paperboy" Reed at Joe's Pub, March 31, 2010

Ernest Barteldes By

Sign in to view read count
Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves
Joe's Pub
March 31, 2010
New York, NY

Playing before a nearly sold-out crowd, the seven-piece True Loves (Freddy DeBoe: Baritone Sax; Mike Brooks: Tenor Sax; Patriq Moody: Trumpet; Jerrell Clopton: Drums; Michael Montgomery: Bass; Ryan Spraker: Guitar; J.B. Flatt: Organ) kicked off with a short 60s-inspired funk theme that warmed up the audience in preparation for what was to come: a collection of songs reminiscent of the golden age of Stax Records. As Reed appeared on stage, the musicians immediately went into the "The Satisfier," a James Brown-meets-Otis Redding funk that served as the perfect background for the Massachusetts-born singer to explore his vocal range.

The group definitely sounded solid, and Reed has what it takes: strong vocal and guitar chops, and the ability to write songs that are immediately catchy. He followed the opener with "Name Callin," another up-tempo tune from his upcoming disc, Come And Get It, where he also had the opportunity to showcase his guitar skills, playing on a 1956 semi-acoustic Gibson.

Playing without interruption, Reed went into "Help Me," this time a number closer to Otis Redding's style. He had the crowd chant the chorus as he sang in falsetto while playing well-placed guitar riffs.

One of the concert's best moments came when the band put their instruments down to sing backup on "You Can Run On,"a mid-tempo doo-wop, when Reed channeled his inner Carl Perkins, playing short chord-based solos between verses. Also memorable was "Young Girl," a tune written by little-known singer Frank Lynch, who passed away early in his career. Apparently a true fan of the music, Reed approached the song with gusto, and received a great response for his efforts.

Reed has the virtues of a great star in the making. He has the stage presence, the charisma and the talent necessary to make it big as blue-eyed soul singer. With a major-label release on the way, one can only expect him to be playing much larger venues in the near future.


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read SFJAZZ Collective at the Music Box Supper Club Live Reviews SFJAZZ Collective at the Music Box Supper Club
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Anat Cohen at Davidson College Live Reviews Anat Cohen at Davidson College
by Perry Tannenbaum
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House Live Reviews Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Kneebody at Johnny Brenda's Live Reviews Kneebody at Johnny Brenda's
by Mike Jacobs
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Vossajazz 2017 Live Reviews Vossajazz 2017
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 23, 2017
Read Hermeto Pascoal at SFJAZZ Live Reviews Hermeto Pascoal at SFJAZZ
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: April 21, 2017
Read "Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina" Live Reviews Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: January 10, 2017
Read "Katie Thiroux Quartet at Birdland" Live Reviews Katie Thiroux Quartet at Birdland
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 8, 2016
Read "November Music 2016" Live Reviews November Music 2016
by Henning Bolte
Published: December 13, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!