Aaron Neville Duo @ The Cabot, Boston [1 September]

Aaron Neville Duo


45
01
September
20:00 - 23:00

 Facebook event page
The Cabot
286 Cabot St, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
Until now, it’s been easy to separate Aaron Neville’s career into two separate but equal strains: the funky stuff he’s favored when working with his esteemed band of brothers, and the angelic balladry you associate with him when he’s punching his own time card as a solo artist. Casual fans might admit they don’t know much — to borrow a phrase — about Neville’s musical center, but they’ve perceived a certain split in his career. An education was to be provided, then, in the form of Apache, a solo album that made the case for Aaron Neville as the most holistic of soul men. Its hard R&B side matches anything the Neville Brothers ever recorded for true grit, while still allowing plenty of space for a singer who’s arguably the most distinctive vocal stylist on the planet to tell it like it is.

Apache also reflects Neville’s social and spiritual concerns, marking only the second time in his 56-year recording career that he’s co-written nearly an entire album’s worth of material. The words are straight out of a poetry journal he began keeping in the 1970s, which more recently migrated to his iPhone. The music was written and produced by a pair of collaborators well known to enthusiasts of the retro-soul scene, Eric Krasno (guitarist for the groups Soulive and Rustic) and Dave Gutter (frontman for the Rustic Overtones). Together, they’ve come up with a modern/revivalist marvel harking back to a golden age that produced classics like Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin’ On (which Neville just happens to reference in the eco-conscious “Fragile World”).

“I call it The Other Side of Aaron,” says the 75-year-old legend, offering an alternative album title, “because people know me from doing the ballads and New Orleans stuff. They’re getting another feel of Aaron” — a record that touches on the mystic gumbo of “Yellow Moon” and sheer sweetness of “Everybody Plays the Fool” while diverging toward a third path we’ve never quite heard from Neville in the studio. And as much as he wants to surprise long-time fans with it, he says he’s “hoping that a lot of other people that might not even know me get turned on to it.” Which is far from unimaginable: It’s easy to picture a 20-year-old listening to the tracks that feature the Dap-King horns and wondering who this new guy is who’s following in the tradition of Amy Winehouse.
Discussion
image
Only registered users may comment.
Pass a quick registration or authorization.

Upcoming events @ The Cabot:

Chris Isaak
The Cabot
Jean-Luc Ponty – The Atlantic Years
The Cabot
Olate Dogs!
The Cabot
Leftover Salmon
The Cabot
John Mayall
The Cabot
Almost Queen
The Cabot
Nils Lofgren
The Cabot
Gilbert Gottfried
The Cabot
An Evening With Pat Metheny
The Cabot
Josh Ritter: Solo
The Cabot
The Manhattan Transfer
The Cabot
HOT TUNA - Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady Acoustic
The Cabot
Martin Barre (of Jethro Tull)
The Cabot
Jake Shimabukuro
The Cabot
Dweezil Zappa: “Choice Cuts!” World Tour 2018
The Cabot

The most anticipated events in Boston :

Ed Sheeran: 2018 North American Stadium Tour
Gillette Stadium
Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road
TD Garden
Pearl Jam: The Away Shows
Fenway Park
Kenny Chesney: Trip Around the Sun Tour
Gillette Stadium
Pearl Jam: The Away Shows
Fenway Park
Farewell Yellow Brick Road
TD Garden
The Great Salem Pumpkin Walk
Downtown Salem District
Phantom Gourmet Food Festival
Maroon 5: Red Pill Blues Tour 2018
TD Garden
The most popular events in your news feed!