A launch for new album 'Live to Love' does exactly what it says on the tin. Peel back the label though and we start to see her extra layers. Yes, we are treated to both heartfelt lyrics and well crafted music, produced by collaborator Geoff Gascoyne (bass), which swell the narrative. Words and stories may dent my wizened heart a little but it was Dankworth herself who is the most powerful puncture to a cynic's affections.
|Charlie Wood - piano|
|Rob Barron - piano|
|Geoff Gascoyne - Bass|
|Chris Allard - guitar|
Here is a woman of tenderness, a woman who needs love and to reach out to love others. It is this casting-off of her affections into the deep dark of the 606 audience that was the real tension of this night. We can all say the words of love that come easy, the 'I love yous' to our partners and sometimes family but can or should we stretch blindly in the shadows like this.
One short statement seems appropriate here, from Jacqui Dankworth's childhood schooling no less. A simple Quaker motto, Dare to Love.
And we should.
A special thank you to Jessica Gerry of Brissett Music who took care of me for the night.
Apologies to Mike Smith on drums who I couldn't draw because he was hidden from my gaze.