Live ñ Zero 7 Bring Funk, Soul, And 11 Piece Band To Chicagoís West Side





Already I fan of Zero 7ís full-length debut, Simple Things, it wasnít hard getting myself motivated to catch the band doing their thing live; especially when I heard that they were touring with an 11-piece band. A frequent patron of many an intoxicating George Clinton show, I was excited to see how the addition of the band would bring the album to life. I was thankfully not disappointed in the least. Zero 7, masterminded by Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker, ran through Simple Things favorites as well as some new tracks in their nearly two hour-long set, bringing the Double Doorís older, sophisticated crowd to resounding cheers on many occasions throughout the night. All three of the vocalists that appear on the album were also on-board for the evening, taking turns appearing on stage to show their skills. Mozez oozed the coolness of Miles Davis (Kind of Blue or late 60ís Bitches Brew Miles) while he serenaded the club with soulful, soothing, energetic vocals, reminiscent of Marvin Gay or Curtis Mayfield. His versions of "I Have Seen" and the albumís title track "Simple Things" were highlights of the evening. Sia Furler spiced up the event with her sexy, sensual, inviting, (did I say sexy) vocals on "Distractions" and teamed up with Sophie Barker for a rendition of "Destiny" that was as smooth as silk. Barker also hit the stage for "In The Waiting Line," and "Spinning" among others. Zero 7 returned to the stage for a three-song encore which included a booty-shaking, dance-nasty funk jam that especially tickled my fancy. Thanks to Allison Smith at Palm for the great evening.




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Live ñ Zero 7 Bring Funk, Soul, And 11 Piece Band To Chicagoís West Side