When Ninja Tune artist, Andreya Triana sloped onstage in an orange jumpsuit with just herself, her incredible voice and a guitarist, I knew it wouldn’t get much better than this despite being followed by Grammy award winning Corrine Bailey Rae. Her loop pedal rendition of ‘A Town Called Obsolete’ was particularly special.
As her last gig of the tour and part of Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival, Corinne Bailey Rae played it with glamourous diva-like confidence. Her small frame gave a commanding performance. A greatest hits tour, it was indeed great to see her pick up her guitar and play songs from her triple platinum debut album like ‘Til It Happens To You’ which she rocked with four piece Mikey Wilson, drums, John McCallum, guitar, Matt Walker, piano and bass and Steve Brown, piano.
She is said to wait to get a feel of the audience before choosing songs and I couldn’t help feeling that she found us a little bland. Her acclaimed voice got lost a little during some tracks from ‘The Sea’ and ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers’ where the band blended to the point of watery. There seemed to be a bit more depth to the older songs although there was some variation in styles such as disco and the gospel feel of ‘Walk On’. She also did a smooth cover version of Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love’ and ended on the popular ‘Just Like a Star’ to a standing ovation.