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Live From Birmingham: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Danny Bryant & The Delegators

Martin Longley By

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Her powerful voice acted as a bold communication link with the audience, dance gestures precisely honed for meaning, and married with exact timing to the music. Kumah managed to make all of this appear pretty natural, capitalizing on a spontaneous feel, even though it's clear that these Delegators play and rehearse with great regularity. Most of the members also provided charged backing vocals, topping off the tightly chopping lightness of the tenor saxophone, organ, guitar, bass and drums. Kumah was personable, but also a touch too bossy as she urged the crowd into singing, clapping and moving forward—but when she took a break from the stage for a pair of instrumentals, the void was very noticeable. Some of the songs from the Delegators debut album are notably catchy, not least the title track "All Aboard," along with "Trouble" and "I Didn't Mean To Break Your Heart." The set was probably a tad too short, and both band and audience would probably have benefited from two halves, with a replenishing break.

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