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It’s a real treat to be in the courtyard of Somerset House for a gig. All you need is some decent summer sun.....and we didn’t have that! It was looking like whoever was on the stage would be invisible amongst the sea of umbrellas ahead.

Thankfully Daley as support act was able to get through his set umbrella-free as the showers subsided. He started his set with his cover of Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings”. The bespectacled singer / songwriter with curly floppy fringe is somewhat reminiscent of Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall and is clearly developing a following with a catalogue of strong, soulful self-penned material including “Good News” and it was nice to see him accompanied by his own band this time around. He will be at Koko in Camden in October and as home grown London talent we really should support him.

Jill, Jill, Jill!! She graces the Somerset House stage dressed in a fitted, skin tight black-and-red dress to the strains of “It’s Love” and from the first line of “they say i’m crazy,” the audience are exercising their vocal chords in singalong mode. Jill composes herself and starts by delivering a poem entitled “I Want Love” which takes us into another crowd pleaser from Words and Sounds Volume One ,“The Way”.

She’s very relaxed and takes us into “So In Love” accompanied by all three of her male backing singers – The Pipes. We are then treated to a new song which unfortunately I missed the name of but was clearly about that ‘crazy, magic, uber-fantastic chemistry.’ Fittingly, Jill exudes this tonight and the audience were clamouring for more of her.

Jill was sexy, playful, and channelled the raunch of Bette Midler and Millie Jackson - the ‘Ballfresh’ interlude really does have to be seen! Jill wigs up and is ready for action to take on “The Real Thing”, “Quick”, and full on fierce renditions of “You Gettin’ In The Way” and “Hate On Me”.

Her next interlude introduced us to another alter ego who lectured us on the state of love and the excess of porn in society and methinks that inability to resist the soundtrack to it.

The next section of the show oozed sex and included “Epiphany”, “What My Mind Says” (ith a fitting response from her backing band the Pipes); and “Crossing My Mind” which is always a favourite and was the perfect climax to that steamy session.

At this point, Jill is conscious of the time and wants to give us more of her and so we have “Slowly, Surely”, “A Long Walk”, “Give Me”. “Blessed” and then her trademark spine chilling operatic rendition of “He Loves Me”which completes the second night of her sold- out Somerset House residency.

Jill was on top form with her ten-piece band, her banter her truth and ultimately, her positivity. Jill, Jill, Jill! The perfect fix for a rainy night in London.

About the Writer
Terry Joe is a London-based has led bands as a vocalist, releasing cds and regularly performing. His favourite artists include Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Nathan Haines, Me'shell NdegeOcello and many more.

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Jill Scott, Brixton Academy, London Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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