Kid­man seeks state of Grace

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Poor old Ni­cole Kid­man des­per­ately needs a hit. A glance at her re­cent list of dis­as­ters – The Step­ford Wives, Tres­pass, Be­witched – must cause even the sus­pi­ciously taut Kid­man brow to fur­row just a tiny bit. Could the late Grace Kelly help her out? The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter tells us that Ms Kid­man is set to play the ac­tor and princess in a true-life drama en­ti­tled Grace of Monaco. Olivier Da­han, di­rec­tor of La Vie en Rose, is at the helm for a story deal­ing with dis­putes be­tween Gen­eral de Gaulle and the Monacan court in the early 1960s. We wish Ms Kid­man’s cur­rent face all the best. (be­low), Locked Down is an al­bum in­flu­enced by the con­nec­tions the pro­ducer heard be­tween Dr John’s gris-gris and the Ethio-jazz plot­ted by Mu­latu As­tatke. It’s an in­trigu­ing prospect: can you re­ally build a bridge be­tween the soul-jazz high-life of Ethiopia in its 1970s pomp and the rolling gumbo of New Or­leans’ most colour­ful cat?

On Easter Satur­day, just a few bars into the shim­mer­ing, snaking ti­tle track, it’s ob­vi­ous that Auer­bach was on to some­thing with this transcon­ti­nen­tal boo­gie.

There’s a sprightly bounce and an eerie glow to the sound, which be­hoves all to shift in their seats to get a lit­tle closer to the ac­tion. That punchy panache and fas­ci­nat­ing vibe do not let up for the en­tire set as the mu­si­cians go at the songs ham­mer and tongs. If Auer­bach is the ring­mas­ter who put all of this in place (and he’s stage left to play gui­tar and sub­tly di­rect the traf­fic), Reben­nack is the star turn.

It’s been a long, strange, event­ful trip for the one-time ses­sion player for Sonny & Cher who be­came of Satur­day night fever evoked by the BAM per­for­mance is due to a few things.

In part, it’s down to the band, the same bunch of pow­er­ful mu­si­cians who played on the al­bum and who pre­vi­ously added their stamp to records by acts from Amy

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