Dick Straub reports on Anjani's concert

Photos by Linda Straub
(from the balcony of the venue)

How many times can you say WOW??!!!

We managed to get tickets to both 5 pm and 9 pm shows on Friday June 30, and WOW! That is our non-articulate rating.

We loved the Blue Alert album before coming to Montreal, and have totally new and enhanced appreciation now. There is no way a studio recording can capture the lovely and charming Anjani as you see her live. The rich, emotional voice she brings, along with the collaboration of a solid jazz trio and stage charisma, great lyrics, and seductive music -- all come together like "you've never heard before."

Anjani began the set with "Innermost Door," and concluded with "Thanks for the Dance." All told she was on for about an hour. She did all of the Blue Alert songs except "The Mist."

Sequence was "Door," "Half the Perfect World," "The Golden Gate," "Blue Alert," "Never Got to Love You," "No One After You," "Crazy to Love You," and "Dance." She saved "Nightingale" for a perfect, almost solo, encore.

This is a show you will never forget. A large Jazz Fest bar went totally hush, twice, for Anjani and band. She earned every sound of silence.