Thursday, September 3, 2009

You Gotta Love Coco Love

Monday night found us at Havana on Commercial Drive listening to the incomparable Coco Love Alcorn, with an incredible group of musicians backing her up, including: Will Fisher on drums, Lindsay Alcorn on background vocals, and Chris Gestrin on keys.

I remember first meeting Coco back in 1993. She was an incredibly gracious and talented lady then, and has continued to blossom from a richly textured jazz singer into a truly unique and beautiful vocalist with a great emotional and stylistic variation.

Coco was in fine form, using her exquisite range so emotively that it brought tears to my eyes, especially when performing 'Falling Into You' (a co-write with her dad, John Alcorn) and the jazz standard 'Funny Valentine' done in a not-so-standard mixture of styles. Chris's quirky and flirty keys warmed up the room, while the incredible Will Fisher found a percussive vocabulary that was both rich and varied.

I feel very humble to have been able to introduce my daughter to Coco, who she has idolized since I first played her Coco's 'Intellectual Boys' video. It was wonderful to be able to share such a special night an performance with my little girl.

If you have never been to see Coco Love Alcorn play live, now's the time: great artists like Coco come along once in a lifetime. Coco has class.

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