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Wow! I saw them at the New Orleans Jazzfest in May, but it was mainly Tousssaint and his band with Elvis joining on vocals for a few numbers. No Imposters. Still, it was great. The title track to The River in Reverse is very powerful. And Toussaint has penned a bunch of great, familiar tunes, hasn't he?
I found the EC/Toussaint cd to be both very good and a bit disappointing. First off, no denying that it's a good cd, but...
The choice of material!
Toussaint has done so much amazing music and I thought that, with the exception of "The River" and "On Your Way Down", the song choices were disappointing.
I will, however, check out the show when it hits LA.
Can't comment on the album since I haven't heard it yet, but the concert was mind blowing. The musicianship was superb. Toussaint is such a fine pianist, Steve Nieve never plays a bad note, Big Sam on trombone got the crowd going with every solo, the second guitarist (whose name I don't know) never took a solo, but his rhythm cemented the band's sound, and Elvis was in superb vocal shape. Costello doesn't possess a great voice and he has limited range and dexterity, but with suitable material his timing, dramatic and emotional qualities make him a very strong vocal presence. He's also quite an enthusiastic showmen.
High points of the show:
"On Your Way Down"
"Watching the Detectives"
"A Certain Girl"
"Working In A Coal Mine"
"I Can't Stand Up..."
"Professor Longhair Medley"
My parents saw this show in Ann Arbor - I don't think they had even heard of Elvis Costello. They both thought it was one of the best things they had ever seen. I would be seriously jelous if I hadn't caught a BRILLIANT T-Bone Burnett show at The Historic Mountain Winery that same week - I've never seen Jim Keltner live before, but I wondered why the drum sound was so good. It wasn't just the soundman.