Mojo, April 2007

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Hot As A Pistol, Keen As A Blade

Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint

Jeff Tamarkin


An exceptional collaboration, long overdue.

After Hurricane Katrina, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, who'd first worked together in the '80s, combined again to record the inspired The River In Reverse, leading to a North American tour, which in turn has led to this stunning concert DVD. The performance in Montreal captured here found the two musicians' bands and the co-headliners' styles assimilating seamlessly, with Toussaint not only providing juicy piano licks but rearranging Costello staples from "Pump It Up" to "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror" for the occasion. The give and take is breath-takingly sweet (case in point: Costello's raging take on "Fortune Teller"). Although Toussaint is largely relegated to the role of sideman for much of the show, his solo piano medley of classic New Orleans tunes and vocal turns on his own "Yes We Can Can" and "A Certain Girl" are really special.

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Mojo, No. 161, April 2007

Jeff Tamarkin reviews Hot As A Pistol, Keen As A Blade.


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