Kidman seeks state of Grace
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