Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Hugh Laurie: Let speak them - review

We knew all that Hugh Laurie could play the piano, but it's a world away from its occasional tinklings in the role of Bertie Wooster. It is a diving head first, into the depths of the music of New Orleans of Jelly Roll Morton to Dr. John. This, said, was the music of his heart since he invaded "my welcome English frame", and on the strength of these tracks surprisingly authentic sounding 15, you simply have to believe. Of course, with arrangements by Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, Irma Thomas and Tom Jones join, it is in good company, but Laurie is the indisputable star.

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