Two thirty minute sets and thirteen songs provided a good crowd at the Ipanema Bar in Birmingham last night with an impressive showcase for the 2nd city’s very own Reggaebaby, Jean Mclean. Lovers rock was the flavour of the evening as Jean, backed by the Memphis band and guests, opened up with the title track of her self-produced album, I’m A Reggaebaby. With her second album currently being penned, her six-song opening set was taken from her debut cut with So In Love, Baby You, Stand Up, Boyfriend and Longtime giving Jean and the band the chance to demonstrate her vocal prowess and their accomplished musicianship. Providing the harmonies to Jean’s strong and versatile lead vocals were her sisters, Bev and Jacky, resplendent in matching red outfits, with Alvin Davis (sax) and Errol ‘Spider’ Smith (trombone) adding their brass excellence, usually seen with the band Gabbidon. Andre Bassing sat in on keyboards with the rhythm section of the Memphis band, John Irish - guitar, Anthony Caines - bass, Victor Gift – drums, completing the line-up.
Links: Jean Mclean, Peter Spence