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Concerts The Chi-lites And Al Hudson

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I lic members ol the Detroit Symphony Orchestra lasi becoming known .is the "People's Symphony" produced and prómoted their own caneen October 1 9 th al historie Music liall downtown, making good on theii promiae lo provide i he people of Detroit wiih excellent I uropeafi symphonj music even during their protracted strike agjinsi the Orohestra a management (we mr lust issue). The rebel production nenerated an emotional undercurrenl wluch charged both the Orchestra and the andience throughout the aftemoon, creating .1 verj soulful setting tur tome liiphly spiritetl playing by the cruck 96-piece ensemble. The appearance ot the legendary Walter Pook' .1 incnibcr ot the DSO tor 43 years until his rctirement in 1970, and lts Associate Conductor and leadci startinsi in 1952-at the head of the Qjehestra tdr a vigoroun conducting performance puslied the love and t'eeling level in " 1I1 beautit'ul hall even highcr. - " uut ol sucli ,i perfect i_ setting, the mude could hardly be Icss majestic in its execution and impact, and the almotl completely ful I bou se had llie intenso pleasure o) .1 stunnin; musical experience. 1 1 ihis jaded observer's tirsi symphooy eoncert in Ufe, ilius my 1111prcssmns iie striclly those ol one who tnerely "knows what he likes in niusic"; but m a suckei tur leelinp, and ihis pert'(iriTi:tnie InirK' gjowed with it. And the ihrill of the nuisic was deüghtfuUy heightened by one's continua) rushos oí uk-o bi the sighi of ilns magniflceni collection of "tonde" musicianf doing such a lOtally outside (hing as moiinlinp thcir own i'ull-scile symphony conten production, on their own initiative. time .ind moncy and just plain doing it to iloatli. in the popular phrase of anothcr idiom. I must confess (hat the playing ot'Mssrs. Cordon Staples on lead violin and Italo Babini on lead cello featured in the Brahms Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello, and under the inspired baton of Bro. Poolt constituted an especial treat; their virtuosity, and the energy ol their approach, were truly exhilarating It ;is also a pas to dig the Orchestra catch a kind of creaky (iermanic groove in sectionsot' the Brahms work. Staples and Babini carne back for an encoré- unaccompanied duet before the ntermission and Cooked like crazy on their own. Bravo, gentlemen, bravo! The second half of the concert featured the lovely Nocturnes bv Debussy, in whicli the playing of Ms. Treva Womble on Knglish hom was particularly out - ■ ■ '■■■ ;md Les ludes of List. who ís played by Roger Daltry üf The Who in the new Ken Riutefl inovic, Liszt-o-Mania. In concert List was as exciting as [he rest of the performance had becn. and the crowd would not let the concert end without a couple ot eflCOfSS. Maestro Walter Poole made an impassinned plea trom the rtage lor support ol' the DSO, stating, "lt would le scandalous to let tlus magnificent orcbestra go by the boards. . I worked 20 years to help make this orchestN it is today, and I take [ the lock-out by management] as a personal affront." As indeed, so should music-loving citizens of our fair city. An excellent production, and congratutations and best wishes all around. _jg Henry's Cocktail Lounge, a large, wellmanaged nightclub in the classic iradition located in the I ;enkcll Avenue entertainment strip on Detroit 's West Side, has scored hcavily in the past few months by bringing popular singing acts like the Dells to solidly packed houses. October's doublé bookiniz ot the Chi-Lites wilh Detroit's own Al Hudson & the Soul Partners tor successive weekends was another smashing success at the ticket office, and tiie music was extremely tasty ;is wcll. Chicago 's finest foursome opened sans singer Marshall Thompson and half the horn section, all three of whom were out with fatigue and the tlu aftel si grueling weeks touring Kngland. (They landed in the U.S. Tuesday and opened at Henry's the next day.) The Dynamic Sound Orchestra ("better known ás the DSO"), the Chi-Lites' crack backing unit, suffered somewhat as a result of the missing saxophone and trumpet, but their extra efforts in the pinch combined with the super-smooth showmanship of the three remaining front men to give new lite to the old adage, "the show must go on." A veteran performing outfit specializing in the elegant, soulfully silky sound, the Chi-Lites slid through their graceful routines without a visible hitch despite Thompson's unexpected absence, a catastrophe wliich would have torced a less skillful group to cancel the whole trip. The SRO crowd sent out kind of an uneasy vibe, only natural aftet laying out the $7.00 eer nerson . cover charge, but the indominitable ChiLites managed to overeóme il with thoir nipeccable f rcadings g of Ihcir favoritos, "Have You Seen Her," "You Got to Be the One," "Undercover," "You Got Me Going Out of My Mind," and their current BrunswickDakar 45, "It's Time." Al Hudson & the Soul Partners oponed beautifully wnh short bul stirring sets. red throo-pieco outfit matched lus hot attack on "Bad Luck," Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long," and a gospel-hased testimonial to the Power of Love which brought into play guitanst Dave Robinson's sexual relationship with his amplitler and nis double-necked guitar, much to the amusement of the crowd. The tare may be heavy, at $7.00 per, but the intimacy and the excitemont of major entertainers in a nightelub setting makos gips likc these a better musical and entertainment bet than sheUing out the same bucks lor a concert ticket to Cobo or Olympiu. Plus you can zet a laste trom the nar wniK you re digging the music, uluch is . (il'ten very pleasant indeed. Henry runs an excellent majorleague dub, and he is to be commended tor lus adventurous booking policy. Keep 'em comim:! Sam & Dave At Ethel's Lounge Oct. 24-26 Soul shoulers Sam & Dave are back on the scène with their rhythm & blues machine, and il theii Weekend si;md al Ethel's Lounge, the popular castside blues palace, is any indication. the dynamic duo iv headed straight hack lo the lop of the deck. Backed by Chapter 8. an exceptionally tight and bard-rocking seven-ptece Detroit unit. Sam & Dave socked out numbcrs old and new in a fast-pacíd, beautifully perfornied set whfch had the whole roompartieularly the young woinen-shouling and screaming their approval. The male-chauvinist anthein "I Take What I Want (And I Want You)" was convincinply delivered, and the emotional bailad 'Something Is Wrong With My Baby" received a particularly effective reading by eaéh of the powerful vocalists in turn. The Memphis soul partners developed their hardhitling two-headed act over a decade apo and rode il to top-ol'-the-line lame behind a string of hit recordings lor Stax Records. Produced by Isaac Mayes i David Porter, Sam & Dave's high-energy smash singles included the r&b masterpieces "(l'm A) Soul Man" and the incomparable "Hold On l'm Coming." both featured to excellent advant.ige n their curren) show. The musical freshness and the contmiung emotional vilalily of these works isai joy to behotd as the very up-lo-datc Sam & Dave make them sound like they're coming out on record next week ralher Ihan ten ye.irs ago. At the height of their l'irst success as one ot Sla Records' roster ol soul strper-staxs in the middle and late 60's, Sam & Dave made the untortunate decisión to split up and Iry it on their own. "Filis course oladicin leading only downhill. the tWO came logclher .ii'.im sume tour yeanago ("I reniembor it wasjusl befóte King ('unís uut killed, because he knul ot helped put us hack toizether at time." Dave recalfed), and thes 've heen on the comeba k I ruil ever siiKe. Nnw recordrat flw United r 1 1 s t s (theb new LP, jusi reteased, is cdled Back at Cha) and working out in cluhs and concertt trom New ■ork to California, Sam & Dave have miII gol h takes to turn au audience upade down, and n .is oertainly a treal to tet to lie.n and see them in the spacious, well-appointed showcase thal is I thel's. M.C. (iip "Samlman" Roberts his usiuil frolicsome self, craclüng up the crowd between ku, and anotherword musí be saM in behalt' of the excellent backing provided S A I) by the Chapter X haiul, which is made up ol Riek Means (vocal), Mike Powell (pintan. Tommy Hites tke boards), David Washington (ba), Derck Dirkson (drums), Tim Allison (trunipet ). and the danperoiis "D.D." on alto saxophone. Means .is outstandinj in the band'i feature spots, and drummei Dirkson kicked like crazy al] through the show. AU in all, an exceptional eveninp's entertainment. jj Rod Stewart & The Faces At Cobo Hall Oct. 21-22 Thcy strutted on sta;:e to a tape of "The Stripper." sjjil ihcir helios, and dammed tntoa perfectty raucous version of C'huck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee." I rom the llrst minute until the very last, Rod Stewart and The Faces rocked like a band with something lot t to prove, Thiee or foui tunes into the show, Rod loukcd out over the sea of laces that nearly t'illed Cobo Hall and expluincd. "We're one of the last rock 'n roll bands. We have to WOtk harder." And wolk they dkl, with larpe measures of power, raunch, and etegancc. Detroit got its money's worth Wednoday night, I'irst of all, there are the Faces themselve, tn ahsolutcly tmpeccabk band whose strongett memben are drummer Kenny Jones. booC pianist lan McLagan, ;iml frosh back trom lm tuur wnn the Rolling Sumos, Icail uuiuirisi Ron Wood. ;i rhythinic pi.iyit in the Li i t.i ii uid effective Chuck Ben) tradition. Additional Ihrills came our w.i trom the Towcr of Power horn seclion. who addod precise liorn punch, and l'rom fifwen members of whal icemed to bc the Detroit Symphony Orchestra viohn section who lom thai touch oiMtin to "Sweet Angel" .nul .1 wonderlul Suni Cooke medley, "Bring lt On Home To Me" "You Send Me." My only resenrations concem why .i band with Uit taste .nul iiiKish.iiiH-il rociiv ol I lio 1 aces woold allo .1 momtrodty like "t.F.O." 10 opon tor them iMtead ol'any of the ntrmerous, capable, local bands who play out of the same tradition iliai they ( Fhe 1 aces do; and win Rnl and the boy s, ipposedlj the vory soul of jieniality. refused to acknowledge th Detroil enetgy thal fed theni that night and do moro than ilu-ii one encore.Peopl were on il"' seatsand in üu.iisK's dying tor moro, bui tlus band iin.iiK lacked the dan to eivo a cnimb moro than professionally required, sad, traceless imisli to whai waf otherwUe ■ uansoendeiri rock eelebration. M -