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Caro Emerald, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. (2017).

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The last time Caro Emerald came to Liverpool in 2015 she was magnificent, two years on from that fateful night, she, and the finely attuned band, were simply stunning.  A night of 21st Century Jazz with so much swing attached, so much creativity grabbing every ounce of emotion on the stage that for those fortunate enough to be in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on what was to turn, weather wise, into the worst type of spring deluge possible at the end of the show, at least were comforted by the absolute brilliance on show during the night.

Caro Emerald, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. (2015).

Caro Emerald at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, November 2015. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Caro Emerald at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, November 2015. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

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The scene was set, the lights taken down to the feeling of sensual overload and moody cool and the band, that all important addition to any night of Jazz played immediately with a stirring passion that broke down any misplaced resistance of those that had poured themselves into the comfort of the Philharmonic Hall after the on-going downpour of the day and yet there was no sign of the shocking Ms. Emerald. The sound was there but no glorious sight, until the spotlight was seen and in one of the boxes stood the resplendent figure of Ms. Emerald taking the art of performance out into the crowd, standing emotionally enthralled and naked in amongst the people who had come to see her and the opening song of The Other Woman took on a whole different approach.

Caro Emerald, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

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Caro Emerald’s 2013 album, The Shocking Miss Emerald, has set more than a tone for music in the second decade in the 21st Century, it has set a bar that matches the intensity and atmosphere that Kate Bush in the 70s, Madonna in the 80s and Tori Amos in the 90s managed to frame and capture with their pivotal albums. As she came on stage for the first time in Liverpool, the mystique, the allure and the talent followed her, the voice captivated the audience completely and the music enveloped all like a comfortable and much loved blanket.

Pete Thomas & The Horns A Plenty, Big. Album Review.

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When Pete Thomas says Big, he doesn’t just mean huge, enormous or giant like, he means Big, emblazed in bright neon lights, all signs pointing his way and saying that there is no other show in town for the foreseeable future and all tickets are sold out. A sound that encompasses the vastness and drive in which Pete Thomas & The Horns A Plenty take up residence in your soul and make your heart skip in time to the music in such a way that it is hard to imagine there being space for anything else in your head. Such is the power of Big, such is the power of the big band feel.

Caro Emerald, The Shocking Miss Emerald. Album Review.

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Whisper it quietly, for the music and voice will do the rest, Ms. Caro Emerald is a force to reckoned with and someone who on the strength of her debut album and this new offering, The Shocking Miss Emerald might just bring a new set, numbering in the multitude, back to the fun and honest immorality of  Swing/Jazz.