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BRIAN MCKNIGHT, THE JAZZ CAFÉ, LONDON, DECEMBER 10-13, 2011
In a music world full of former reality show contestants, auto-tuning and hype, Brian McKnight offers a true breath of fresh air. Original, honest and authentic in his presentation and delivery, the singer-songwriter and producer ventured into territory that few contemporary performers dare: accompanying himself on the piano and guitar, without any other musicians onstage. At the Jazz Café for a four-night sold-out run, the award-winning McKnight showed that he’s more than up to the task: he’s been presenting this intimate show to audiences across the globe within the last year and audiences are responding with a resounding ‘amen’!

Relaxed and clearly enjoying a direct rapport with the fan base he’s built over the past twenty years as a consistently popular recording artist, McKnight takes to the stage and seated at the piano, offers a walk through a catalogue of hits and much-loved album cuts that lose none of their musicality when performed in this unplugged setting. The McKnight classics are there: “You’re The Only One For Me,” “6, 18, 12,” “Find Myself In You,” “Read My Mind,” his potent 1995 cover of Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” and the massive hits “Back At One” and “Anytime,” faithful readings of songs that have ensured McKnight a place in contemporary popular music.

Early on in the show, McKnight took the enthusiastic audience on a trip down memory lane, referencing some of the artists who influenced him early on, paying reverent tribute to Nat King Cole (“Unforgettable”), Luther Vandross (“A House Is Not A Home”), Michael Jackson (“Rock With You”), Jeffrey Osborne (“On The Wings Of Love”) and his all-time musical hero, Stevie Wonder (via a powerful reading of “Overjoyed”).

In a compelling show, McKnight bantered with the audience, accepted a few crowd requests and gave a soulful performance that was best typified by emotive readings of “One Last Cry,” the prime cut from his debut album and “Should Have Been Loving You” from the 2006 CD, “Ten.” A highly satisfying show, real music from a real performer.

About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.
  
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