Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sheila E. & The E Family in Long Beach :
She Wears A Long Fur Coat Of Mink Even In The Summertime

Sheila E. And The E. Family took over Harvelle's on Saturday night and kicked out the jams with some super solid platinum funk!! I'd seen the Prince protégé a few times before , but never with her father, The King of Latin Jazz/Funk Pete Escovedo!! Along with her 2 brothers, Peter Michael and Juan, there was enough hardware on stage to start a percussion militia (nobody yelled "more cowbell!!" - there was plenty!!). Augmenting the family were a full horn section and some guitar - both bass & six string - laying down solid grooves to let Sheila and the "fam" throw down in amazing old school style. 

They played 2 sets and except for some momentary allusions to The Glamorous Life and A Love Bizarre, the repertoire consisted of the most explosive salsa flavored funky jazz to which I'd ever borne witness - the singing and playing of the 4 of them was far above anything I'd ever seen or expected to see tonight!!

Everyone played everything, and at one point they "fire-brigaded" a series of exotic percussion instruments to papa Pete who explored them all never losing a beat. This family affair celebrated the exciting percussive beauty of jazz! If they are playing near you, catch 'em live!!

Sheila E. And The E Family have a CD out now, called "Now & Forever", which you can get at Amazon, iTunes and their official website [here]. Featuring their uber-spicy brand of latin jazz, the CD hosts guests Earth Wind And Fire, Joss Stone and Gloria Estefan.

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