Sultry female voices filling the outdoor Greek Theatre on a warm Summer night under a full moon will calm even the most stressed of us Angelinos. The combination of Corinne Bailey Rae opening for Norah Jones was perfect.
Bailey Rae held her own in her hour set with songs featured from her latest album The Sea. The multi-talented Bailey Rae not only has a voice easy on the ears, but she can move to acoustic and electric guitar as well as keyboards.
Although Jones is also multi-talented on vocals, electric guitar and piano, she made it clear this was a group effort up on stage. Accompanied by Smokey Hormel on lead guitar, Jones announced they were trying to come up with a band name, so if anyone had suggestions, let them know.
Her voice is a chameleon, capturing blends of blues, bluegrass, soft rock and jazz. The stage,and the band, were enveloped by a backdrop of soft drapery with changing blues, reds, and purples and adorned with lamps – - a definite lounge-feel.
Covered well were Neil Young’s “The Losing End” and Willie Nelson’s “What Do You Think of Her Now.” And although her hits “Don’t Know Why” and “Come Away With Me” were given crowd-pleasers, it was her comically-written song off her latest album The Fall about her dog, “Man of the Hour,” that seemed to bring the loudest applause. Jones connects most effectively with her songs and audience at the piano as in Cold Cold Heart.
Corinne Bailey Ray