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RITA COOLIDGE On Stage At The World Café Live In Philadelphia
Wienerworld (2007)
Lovely Rita in mellow jazz set...

Rita Coolidge

Alternating between jazz standards from her latest album and singles like 'We're All Alone' this dvd covers the breath of Rita's repertoire from a salute to Ray Charles to her biggest hit Higher And Higher.

Presumably a made for TV 'live in front of an audience' with plenty of narrative between the songs, the set opens with a jazz based number Hallalujah, Ilove Him So followed by a chiiled out version of Delaney and Bonnie's classic Superstar. And that sets the standard for the rest of the set - mellow jazz (Cry Me A River, Fever) and jazz influenced blues, ballads and southern rock including a bluesy Born Under A Bad Sign.

On Stage, then, finds Rita comfortable in her own skin, in comfortable surroundings playing to an appreciative audience. And if you were at all inclined to visit a jazz club and stumbled in on a set like this I suspect you'd be well satisfied.

Bonus features aren't that extensive - a 20 minute interview, a 10 minute trailer for the World Café concert series, and photo gallery of shots from the gig. Not destined to be a big seller, but it will nevertheless be appreciated by fans.


Review by Pete Whalley

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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