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Monday, May 9, 2011

Latest effort of House star Hugh Laurie is a heartfelt New Orleans jazz album that is getting lots of raves



Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk: An Introduction
http://youtu.be/gI7_sXFN6t0



High Laurie - You Don't Know My Mind (Trailer)
http://youtu.be/AcYsQJ-ghQs

Monday morning on BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire Show, during the last segment, i.e. just before 7 a.m. Eastern U.S., this Hugh Laurie jazz/blues album was the subject of considerable positive commentary, particularly by singer Cerys Matthews, who was keen to say how much she loved the album and how it was so much better than she could've hoped.

She was also quite keen on saying that people needed to accept it on its own terms, and not pre-judge it. Don't act critical of it to begin with by saying, Oh, isn't that the Oxford University grad Hugh Laurie, the trained actor who was NOT born in Alabama, singing the blues about not having a nickel or dime, even though he is the highest-paid actor on American TV?
Yes, he is, get over it and listen to the music.


Laurie
closed this week's Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

John Fordham's review in The Guardian:
Hugh Laurie – review, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 4 out of 5 stars
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/03/hugh-laurie-at-cheltenham-jazz-festival

I hope to have more on this topic soon, perhaps even the audio from this morning's BBC discussion, so you can hear it for yourselves.
That will also likely include the question of questions:
Can't we (England) do better than a '90's boy band like 'Blue' at Eurovision?

See also:
http://www.youtube.com/user/HughLaurieBlues

http://www.cerysmatthews.co.uk/


Why is Hugh Laurie so popular?
Will Gompertz | 09:30 UK time, Monday, 9 May 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/willgompertz/2011/05/why_is_hugh_laurie_so_popular.html

Meanwhile... tonight at 8 p.m....
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