Seeing Laurence Juber is always a treat because his guitar work and music is such a joy to hear. But the April 6 show at the intimate Club Fox in Redwood City, CA., was even better than usual because the layout of the venue made the show so up close and personal. It was almost like he was in your living room.
The tiny club held only about 50 to 75 people, and they got quite a memorable night. The sound was wonderful and the set featured songs both new and old, original and familiar.
Of course, what would a Laurence Juber show be without Beatles songs. These included “I Saw Her Standing There,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “When I'm 64” and even the Wings song “Live and Let Die.”
But there were others, too. There was a gorgeous version of “Won't Get Fooled Again,” which Juber gave a delightfully gentle touch to a song that normally isn't, and beautiful cover of Jimi Hendrix's “Little Wing.”
The set included a number of older standards: “Stormy Weather,” “All of Me,” “I Can't Give You Anything But Love,” “Cry Me a River” and “(It's Only a) Paper Moon.” His own songs, including “Mosaic,” “Cobalt Blue” and “In Your Arms,” dedicated to his wife Hope, made the evening all the more charming.
Laurence Juber's music is always worth hearing, but on a night like this and a venue like this, it was even more special.
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