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Corinne Bailey Rae: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London 18/11/19

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Corinne Bailey Rae delivered a magical performance of her secret recipe of jazz-tinged soul. The superb acoustics of London's Queen Elizabeth Hall let her music soar over an appreciative audience with wave after wave of sonic perfection.

Opening with "Been To The Moon" and "Closer" she performed a selection of material from her three-album catalogue, but nothing from her next album due out next year.

The show was paced perfectly, with Bailey Rae deviating beautifully from her setlist to include a sublime version of Stardust, penned by Hoagy Carmichael, with beautiful keyboard accompaniment from her husband Steve Brown. Her drummer and guitarist joined the applause.

"Breathless" and "Til It Happens To You" from her debut album gave the band room to breathe. This was not so much a concert as an emotional experience, with passion in Bailey Rae's delivery and several songs inspired by personal tragedy.

Lighter tracks included "Put Your Records On" with great organ work from Brown, the bouncy "Paris Nights/New York Mornings" and the Bob Marley cover "Is This Love".

There was a gentle singalong in "Trouble Sleeping" with Bailey Rae harmonising against the crowd. Then the moment in a concert that most dread, she headed towards the front row. You're thinking "Please, please don't give the mic to someone in the crowd, that'll be a disaster." Sure enough, she passed the mic to a guy in the front row, but this time it was a triumph as he and Rae duetted soulfully to a rapturous ovation from the audience.

Bailey Rae realised she was onto a good thing and passed the mic to a lady who sang beautifully for a couple of choruses. Bailey Rae asked "What's your name? You must be a singer" to which came the reply: "Yes, my name is Rachel and I'm a singer because of you! "Spontaneous applause encapsulated the love in the room for Bailey Rae and her music.

She closed her set with perhaps the track of the night, "Like A Star" with new vocal introduction and reached dizzy heights. Returning for an encore of "Do You Ever Think Of Me" Bailey Rae credited Curtis Mayfield as inspiration for the track and Valerie Simpson as co-writer. Not a bad pedigree.

"Goodbye London. I don't know when we'll be back again, it might be a little while" she said with an impish grin, alluding to the fact she is heavily pregnant.

Exquisite. Engaging. Intense. Powerful. Passionate. Gorgeous. Thank you, Corinne.

PHOTOS: TATIANA GORILOVSKY
Words CHAZ BROOKS

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