Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul by Ken Wood and The Mixers at Space Triplex is a light hearted, good humoured trip through a rather one-sided story of soul from some of its evolutionary roots in the Jazz and R & B clubs of the 1930s through the highly formative years of the 1950s and through to the classic sounds of the 1960s and the sounds of iconic record labels including Motown and Stax.
Along the way, with our highly colourful seven piece band we touch upon the music of Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown, Otis Redding, The Velvelettes, Bo Diddley and many more. It would have been nice to have heard a Big Momma Thornton number or two played live.
In a show like this, it is always hard to tell at times where the camped up humour is aimed at though, as it did nothing for the music at all. I left with the feeling that the band was actually capable of far more musically and with far tighter arrangements than this show format was showcasing today. Still, if you want to just switch off for an hour from the madness of The Fringe and just sit back and listen to a soul favourite or two then this might just be the afternoon show for you. For myself, I just could not resist at least going to see what a band called Ken Wood and The Mixers looked and sounded like.
Review by Tom King