Leon Russell / Riley Etheridge Jr.
Virtually disappeared from popular view until Elton John collaborated with him on the 2010 album The Union. With Life Journey, Russell at 72 is essentially back where he belongs, playing acoustic piano, working with a first-rate producer (Tommy LiPuma) and studio musicians, and allowing his soulful Tulsa drawl to seep deeply into a potent concoction of jazz, gospel, rock, blues, country, and soul. The title and tune selections running from Robert Johnson to Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and Billy Joel suggest Journey is a retrospective.
Sat., May 3, 7 p.m., 2014
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