10/24 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM - $25.00
This show is in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Mitch Winehouse – Please Be Kind
Mitch Winehouse – Rush of Love
For Mitch Winehouse to cut a record called Rush of Love at the age of 60 is an unlikely twist of fate, especially one with a song selection revealing a real depth of knowledge and impeccable taste.
But It comes from a perfectly natural place and reveals the roots of his own, as well as his daughter’s musical inspiration. This is no album of the usual Rat Pack standards – it is jazz, swing, crooning, if you like, but not pop.
This is the Winehouse musical DNA.
The ingredients are all to be found within a stone’s throw. Family, friends and an upbringing soundtracked by the sort of music Mitch has been singing ever since. Only this time, it’s on record.
On Rush Of Love, Mitch uses a freedom to experiment to great effect. The selection is surprisingly eclectic, no standard My Way covers, he digs deep into a form music he loves and clearly knows inside out. There are even four originals written by collaborator and producer Tony Hiller that already sound like jazz standards – Rush Of Love To The Heart, Tell Me, No More Broken Hearts and Nights.
“If I was Michael Buble,” he astutely observes, “I’d have that pressure to sing songs that people already know, to keep up the record sales. But I’m lucky, there’s no pressure, I have a freedom to go deeper, singing new songs and those I don’t want forgotten. Older people will recognise the songs, younger people might learn some new ones.
So alongside the new Hiller compositions, we have Please Be Kind, a 1938 song first performed by Mildred Bailey. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Sinatra have all recorded it.
“Close Your Eyes is a beautiful jazz song, but a less known Sinatra song,” Mitch enthuses, “Stacey Kent does it, but I’ve never heard anyone else and it’s just wonderful. I had such a good time making this album. We tried 40 songs we loved and worked through them with a pianist. If it didn’t work for us, we moved on, but just reliving them was enough.”
Teaming up with Tony Hiller, writer of Save Your Kisses For Me and hundreds of other jazz and pop standards, was another logical step.
Mitch joins a list of illustrious artists from Elton John to Matt Monro who have performed Tony’s songs.
So now posters around Shoreditch announce revivalist tea dances for the fashionable youngsters, Mitch’s entrance into the music world seems somewhat timely. Mitch has been a businessman, salesman and latterly a London cabbie. Until his daughter began persuading him to record 6 years ago, ‘singer’ was not a career move.
“Everyone likes this music, young and old,” he says, “but there is so much more that no one’s ever heard. I was looking up lyrics on the internet and came across Sinatra performances. The comments from young people underneath are all saying things like ‘this is the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard, I didn’t know Sinatra could sing like this’. They only hear My Way these days.”
“Suddenly, I just want to perform,” he concludes, a little surprised at himself, “I want the chance.”