Jocelyn Brown & the Allstars Collective Live @ London’s Jazz Cafe 10th Dec 2010

Jocelyn Brown & the Allstars Collective Live @ London’s Jazz Cafe


Julie Payne @ the Jazz Cafe
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When Jocelyn ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ Brown is in town, it is given that one is in for a special night indeed! However, the more musical astute amongst you will know that over the past few years Ms Brown’s dulcet tones have been accompanied both in the studio and occasionally on the live circuit by some extremely consummate, professional and funky musicians. Enter The Allstars Collective.


Chantelle Duncan @ the Jazz Cafe
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Graeme Flowers (the Allstars Collective) @ the Jazz Cafe
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Comprising of forty of the World’s most talented and gifted session musicians from the UK, the Allstars Collective have toured and recorded with numerous international superstars. Take a closer look at the credits on your Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka khan, Madonna, Elton John and Mariah Carey albums to name a select few. Their tentacles even reach across the Jazz, Rock, Blues, Calypso and Reggae genres – Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Arrow, Ernest Ranglin and Jimmy Cliff. With such an impressive CV who better to get proceedings underway at London’s Jazz Cafe.

So it was that the Allstars brass section (Greg Heath – sax & Graeme Flowers – Trumpet) let off their opening salvo hailing the intro to ‘Sometimes.’ Seasoned vocalist Julie Payne


Chantelle Duncan @ the Jazz Cafe
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Greg Heath (the Allstars Collective ) @ the Jazz Cafe
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Julie alongside her vocal cohort Chantelle Duncan sang their way effortlessly through the next four songs – ‘Change Your Situation,’ ‘Today Forever & Always,’ Don’t Get Fooled,’ and ‘Blue Skies.’ The Jazz Cafe collective were now fully respectful of the precision musicianship of the Allstars Collective.

The next two tracks were lifted directly from the Allstars Collective infectious current album release. First up was the James Brown – ‘Payback’ rift inspired, ‘Satisfied’ followed by the full on, feel good title track and single, ‘All about the Music.’ Finally, this highly charged set was rounded off with ‘Gotta Get Up,’ which had the desired effect of levitating those patrons seated upstairs to their feet to get their groove on.


Mark Dyer (the Allstars Collective ) @ the Jazz Cafe
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Julie Payne @ the Jazz Cafe
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Jocelyn Brown @ the Jazz Cafe
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There was to be no rest for this hardworking collective because no sooner had they ascended from the stage they were descending to it again in support of the one, the only and the UK’s adopted ‘Soul Sista’ – Jocelyn ‘The Voice’ Brown. Once on stage before her adoring fans, Jocelyn kicked things off with a high octane medley of upbeat songs. ‘No More Tears’ smoothly segued into ‘Aint No Mountain,’ ‘It’s Alright, I Feel It’ and ‘Believe.’ This toe tapping medley was closed out by more classic club stompers, ‘Something’s Feelin’ Good’ and ‘Keep on Jumpin’.’

What do you do when you want to maintain already heightened feel good factor in your audience? You introduce Imaani, on/off vocalist from that other UK collective, Incognito. Then on with the show! Together these two esteemed vocalist Jocelyn and Imaani ripped their way through stalwart classics and crowd sing-a-long favourites, ‘Always There,’ and ‘Night’s Over Egypt,’ before Imaani took her leave to well deserved cheers and applause.


Imaani @ the Jazz Cafe
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Imaani & Jocelyn Brown @ the Jazz Cafe
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Ms Brown remained on stage to delight those gathered further with her dulcet tones by belting three more bumping tunes: ‘Tell Me Something Good,’ ‘Real thing,’ and the perennial favourite and Jocelyn Brown’s signature calling card, ‘Somebody Else’s Guy.’

The audience were definitely up for it, oftentimes relieving Jocelyn of the task of having to reach the high notes by taking on singing duties themselves. An artist definitely knows they’ve arrived when a hit song no longer belongs to him or her but to the people. This was definitely the case on this particular night. Ms Brown could have hummed the entire song and we would have still left ecstatic and musically sated.


Jocelyn Brown @ the Jazz Cafe
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So that was it – job done! Jocelyn Brown and the Allstars Collective are a truly powerhouse combination. If any of these masters of their craft are playing anywhere in your vicinity, take The Dood’s advice – Get on down to the venue, you’ll be richly rewarded.

Michael J Edwards

The Allstars Collective is:
Chantelle Duncan – vocals
Julie Payne – vocals
Guy Phethean – (MD/keys)
Luke Smith – keys
Tim Cansfield – guitar
Greg Heath – saxophone
Graeme Flowers – trumpet
Randy Hope-Taylor – bass
Mark Dyer – drums
Robert ‘skins’ Anderson – percussion

Essential Album:

Essential Websites:
http://www.theallstars.co.uk/
http://www.myspace.com/theallstarscollective

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