Henri Herbert And The Fury - Live at Gypsy Hotel
Sadly The Jim Jones Revue dissolved a few years ago, they were the most exciting band I ever saw live… several times. Their blended hard driving rock’n’roll was as thrilling to watch live as it was to listen to, but to my ears what set them apart was the incredible piano playing of Henri Herbert which helped propel the band along.
Subsequent successful solo touring and the release of an EP have kept Henri on the map and now he is finally releasing his first full-length album recorded live at the Gypsy Hotel in London earlier in the year. What is remarkable is the album has no overdubs, nor guitars, which shows how fine and tight Henri and his band The Fury (Jez Southgate on bass, Aidan Sinclair on drums) really are. And just to add to this, the album is produced by Jim Jones.
The album starts with Little Walter’s It Ain’t Right, Aidan’s machine gun drumming setting the firey pace with That’s What I Said and She Think She Do following in the same vein. I defy anyone to keep their feet still during Pocket Venus, it’s boogie woogie feel just makes you want to get up and dance, and Henri’s solo is mesmerizing.
The slower paced Bad Blood allows the listener to take a breather but still grinds away before the fast-paced service is restored with Milkshake Mademoiselle. The first single from the album, Raze Hell comes next and you just know that Beelzebub himself has had a hand in the piano playing!!
A blazing cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic Fire takes on a new life being guitarless where Jez’s bass interweaves with Henri’s piano in the main riff before we hit the last track on the album, Talkin Bout The Boogie, a song about Henri’s globe trotting piano playing adventures, some of which are on his YouTube channel (link below).
This is a killer performance and oh to have been in the audience at the Gypsy Hotel as you just know that the crowd is going absolutely mental during the recording.
The album is released on 8th November.
Want to experience some Henri Herbert first-hand? Then get to Gullivers on Thursday 12th October 2017.