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posted 05/09/2011

Ike and Tina Turner

Wow! We just love these photos given to us by Peter Smetana, presenter of Freedom Jazz Dance (Saturdays 12pm).
So much so that we had to post them on our website. Now here’s the real kicker. Peter actually took them himself when he was a hipster groover soaking up the the sights and sounds of New York City.

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York City on April 1, 1971!
The duo were at their peak of popularity when this hour-long performance was recorded. Of course Turner’s volcanic stage presence can’t be fully translated onto disc, and the set list goes heavy on predictable covers like “Sweet Soul Music,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Respect,” and a ten-minute-plus “Proud Mary.” And the opening two numbers are sung not by Tina, but by the Ikettes. You’d be a real sourpuss, though, to let your rock critic microscope keep you from enjoying this smoky set. Tina drains every last bit of emotion from the material, especially on the bluesy “I Smell Trouble” and the drawn-out covers of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Proud Mary,” and the band offers a cookin’ stew of R&B-soul-rock, paced by Ike’s reverberating guitar.
Personnel: Edna Richardson, Tina Turner, Vera Hamilton (vocals); Ike Turner (guitar, organ); Jackie Clark (guitar); J.D. Reed (saxophone); Larry Reed (tenor saxophone, piano); Jimmy Smith , (tenor saxophone); Claude Williams, Mack Johnson (trumpet); Edward Burke (trombone); Soko Richardson (drums).

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