BWW REVIEW: GLORIA REUBEN TOUCHES HEARTS IN FROM BALLADS TO BOSSA AT 54 BELOW
It has been said that originality is the ability to conceal your source. At her recent show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Gloria Reuben wasn’t concealing anything; and make no mistake about it — Gloria Reuben is an original. In a black cocktail frock that some women would be afraid to wear, Ms. Reuben stood center stage in a big spotlight and shared her soul, her music, her self with an audience that craved her originality and hung on her every word. This time around, Ms. Reuben had no piano behind which to hide. There was no three or four piece combo to share the stage with her. It was just Gloria Reuben and guitarist Pete Smith on the stage at 54 Below, a stage that can look like a small stage with all those other people and instruments, but that looked enormous when populated by two tall slender people, there to lay bare their artistry and all that goes with it. In that big spotlight and that little black dress, Gloria Reuben could not hide it: she is a Lady, she is an Original, and she is a Star.
“Perchance to Dream”
“A truly beautiful album from start to finish…amazing playing by phenomenal musicians, great selection of material…but it’s Gloria’s elegant, refined voice that holds the listener. So intimate and present, she’s able to paint amazing pictures with her interpretations for these classic songs.”
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