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Charles Bradley is off Script at Jazz Fest

Geoffrey Himes, Offbeat, 1 May 2014

ON THE FIRST Saturday of Jazz Fest 2013, Charles Bradley strode out on the Blues Tent stage as if he weren't 65 years old but as if it were 1973 and he were 25 with his whole career ahead of him. He wore a bright purple jumpsuit unzipped to the waist and a rounded afro the size of a soccer ball. When he started singing 'In You (I Found a Love)' from his debut album, the trumpet and tenor sax punched out a tight R&B riff over a wah-wah guitar and B-3 organ. Bradley delivered his slow-blues lament about the woman who'd done him wrong in a big, gravelly tenor.

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