WITHOUT FURTHER ADO WE PROUDLY PRESENT RACHELLE FERRELL
So last night for my birthday my girl gave me the illest surprise by taking me to New York City’s Blue Note for dinner and a live performace by Rachelle Ferrell. At first, ignorant ass me, was thinking a) this is very cool, b) I love Jazz and have always wanted to come here but c) who the hell is Rachelle Ferrell? My preconceived notions of her weren’t helped by the fact that the image that they used of her on the promotional flyer was soooo wack. So, needless to say I had no idea what to expect. I should’ve seen it coming. A sure fire sign should of been that the place was packed like a small suitcase on a three month trip. There wasn’t a single empty seat in the house!
Well! The cliche "You can’t judge a book by it’s cover" could not of hit me over the head any harder. Rachelle was nothing short of spectacular! She completely blew my wig back! I have never seen or heard a voice as incredible as her’s. Her range was crazy! She was equal parts Jill Scott, Celia, Mariah, Eryka Badu, Maxwell, Bobby McFerrin, Sade, Carol C, Ella Fitzgerald and D’Angelo all rolled up into one. Yet, what was amazing about Rachelle, was that she remained distinctly Rachelle with her distinct singing style, scatting, the use of her voice as an instrument and the passion with which she connected to her audience. As if all this wasn’t enough, she also plays one ill piano and has great comedic timing on stage.
She is backed by a very talented set of musicians: Raymond Mckinley, bass; John Roberts, drums; William Odum, guitar ; Phil Davis, keys. I swear that with my eyes closed, the sound like The Roots minus Quest Love and Rahzel.
If you get a chance, do yourself a favor and go catch her show. She’s at the Blue Note until Sunday Feb. 19th.
Here’s her rendition of "My Funny Valentine" which doesn’t do justice to her live show!
Thanks to my baby luv for the birthday surprise and and Rachelle for the experience!