Tuesday, September 28, 2010

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥"Alter Ego" here. Monday night I witnessed true mastery of song and entertainment at Kamal's solo nightclub performance "Here's To Life" at the Triad Theatre. Despite the torrential rains the club was packed with his fans and admirers and we were treated to a night of nostalgia and fun. Kamal's voice spans all genres of music from opera to jazz to no doubt hip-hop (can't you just hear him beat boxing...). "Here's To Life" offered romantic ballads interspersed with upbeat and whimsical numbers including a wonderfully wicked rendition of Porgy and Bess' "It Ain't Necessarily So." There wasn't a dry eye in the room as he dedicated the haunting ballad "I'm So Very Glad There's You" to his lovely wife Etta.

Backed by the Nori Ochiai Trio (I could listen to pianist Nori all day, he's that good), Kamal gave us all he had and left us begging for more.