Booker T Jones

KAY MEEK CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Booker T Jones, and his talented band played a sold-out show at the Kay Meek Centre on Friday night.  With more than 5 decades of hits to his name, as writer, performer and producer, Jones has an embarrassment of riches to choose from.

After greeting the audience with an infectious smile, he took his place behind the iconic Hammond organ, and started the evening with the MG’s Hang Em High. More hits from the back catalogue of Booker T and the MG’s followed including Soul Dressing, and perhaps the most famous tune form the band, Green Onions.

Jones mixed it up with a couple of tracks from Albert King and Muddy Waters, before stepping out from behind they keys, to join his son on guitar.  Whilst Jones is most strongly associated with the Hammond, he is a great guitarist as well. After a brief prelude while he entertained the audience with a humourous back story about the Monterey Pop Festival, he launched into a laid-back version of the Hendrix classic Hey Joe.

Whilst the rest of the band left the stage for a short break, Jones and his son, Ted, then performed a haunting cover of Prince’s Purple Rain.

With the rest of the band back on Stage, Jones resumed his seat, and they ripped out an awesome rendition of Gershwin’s Summertime. This was followed by the upbeat Soul Limbo, which will forever be the sound of Test Match cricket in the UK.

The band through two more modern compositions before closing out the night.  Everything is Everything, was followed by the first encore of the night, Hey Ya. Jones had performed this Andre 3000 track with Neal Young and Drive By Truckers, and, followed by the much more soulful When Something is Wrong, it was a perfect end to the evening.