Leanne Paris
31 October 2009
The Vanguard
Sydney Australia

SP-CMC-20 > SP-SPSB-1 battery box > Edirol R-09 (16bit 44.1khz) > USB > Macbook Pro > Sound Studio (amplify left channel 4.00dB, tracking, fades) > xACT > fix SBEs > FLAC

01 intro
02 "Do what you want" > band intro
03 "A long way from home"
04 Ain't No 2nd Chance
05 Hard Times
06 Nobody's Fault But Mine
07 Jealous Guy
08 Rolling and Tumbling

Leanne Paris: Roland keyboard, vocals
Paul Blasi: bass
Ivan Jordan: drums

Titles with quotation marks are guesses. Any corrections are welcome.

Recorded from the front row of the mezzanine/balcony. No audience chatter, nearby polite applause and occasional tinkly sounds from the diners below (more than during Geoff's set). Eating a meal while a performer's on stage has always seemed weird to me, but that's how the Vanguard is - 80 per cent of the space is taken up by a restaurant. Those who are there just for the music get a small upstairs area, or stand around in front of the noisy bar, dodging waiters.

It's great to accidentally come across a musician who makes you wonder why they aren't better known. Leanne Paris impressed everyone with her opening set before Geoff Achison and the Souldiggers. Blonde, barefoot and hyperactive, she lived up to this description I found somewhere online:

"With a uniquely individual feel and a versatile voice that drifts and ducks like a summer cloud before backing up LeanneŐs musical bark with a raspy bite, the soul queen recalls the true musical greats without ever falling into blind, Idol-esque imitation.

Her inspiration may lay with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Jimmy Smith, Dr John and the Brand New Heavies, but Leanne Paris is boldly forging her own musical path. And itŐs a path thatŐs a joy to walk down."


A gjfatty recording
shared at Dime: November 2009

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