What's on – selected gigs this week

A selection of notable gigs this week to catch live Tonight Xhosa Cole, The Yard, Manchester Tuesday Kaz Rodriguez, Ronnie Scott's, London Wednesday Georgia Cécile, Folklore, Haggerston, London Norma Winstone, Nikki Iles, Mark Lockheart, Symphony …

Published: 29 Nov 2021. Updated: 8 months.

Kellylee Evans, Greenlight (EP), Enliven Media ****

Only an EP and therefore a certain statement of intent looking to the future but still once again sheer quality thrives over quantity. Singer-songwriter Kellylee Evans, Juno winner in Canada over a decade ago (the Junos are Canada's Grammys), Green …

Published: 28 Nov 2021. Updated: 8 months.

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Only an EP and therefore a certain statement of intent looking to the future but still once again sheer quality thrives over quantity. Singer-songwriter Kellylee Evans, Juno winner in Canada over a decade ago (the Junos are Canada's Grammys), Green Light could be listened to as middle-of-the-road up-market R&B and pop. But there is more to it even than that. Especially on 'Everything' the EP comes into its own and of the five tracks is the pick mainly because of the unfolding jazz chord changes and Bob James-like touch of keyboardist Michael Shand. He also dubs his own trumpet line on the clapalong title track. Instrumental breaks are kept under wraps mainly. The latinate 'To Feel My Love' works well with Kellylee's own backing vocals simmering behind. Recorded in Ottawa and Toronto studios 'Not Today' has a kind of house music tramping beat to it and bounces along behind the vocal. If you're into UK singer Cherise, Anita Baker and maybe Randy Crawford you'll probably love this retro-1980s sound and these fine songs. We are and do. The groove's good from drummer Ian Wright, the beat shimmied into shape by bass guitarist Mark Godfrey. To reprise Kellylee's line on 'Everything' – ''destiny's calling.'' SG

Kellylee Evans, top. Photo via Bandcamp

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