Rochester Jazz Fest 2013: Paloma Reviews
Thu, Jun 27, 2013
I heard a different side of Roger Hodgson, the still unmistakable
voice of Supertramp, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Hodgson didn’t talk
much during his two hour, 22 song show, but when he did, it was in reference
to writing song lyrics from deep within during times of personal challenges
Hodgson was with a four-man band, and for “The Awakening,” Hodgson sang
with the bass player and the winds player, and their well-blended voices
offered a fresh insight into what the future may sound like.
The harmonics of Supertramp was certainly one aspect of its playing that I
enjoyed, so when Hodgson said he’d like to record the song someday, my vote
would be yes.
Hodgson did not seem to disappoint the audience filling the Eastman
Theatre, several of whom (including me) carried original albums with them.
He opened with “The Long Way Home” and played many favorites, including
“Breakfast in America,” “The Logical Song,” “Dreamer,” “It’s Raining Again,”
and a dancing-in-the-aisles version of “Give a Little Bit.”
As Eastman is generally my venue for covering the Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra, I put up a big cheer when Hodgson said he might like to come back
to perform here with the RPO (perhaps for “Fool’s Overture” or, better
still, an orchestral version of “Death and a Zoo?”). Last year, Sarah
McLachlan performed with the RPO at CMAC, so I can imagine a collaboration
for them with Hodgson.
by Paloma Capanna
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