Last night Luba Mason took to the Iridium stage, for two shows. Attending the first show was Michael John La Chiusa, (Hello Again, movie coming out Nov. 8th) and her husband Rueben Blades. The house was filled with an international audience, waiting to see what Ms. Mason’s new style of music would be. Looking stunning in a pale blue shirt and hip hugger 60’s style white jeans, Luba started the set off with an stripped down version of Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark” sung totally a cappella . There was a purity to this version and it started the night with a wow factor.
Van Morrison’s “Moondance” took on a new feel when Felipe Fournier on vibes, and Luques Curtis on bass added an Egyptian flare.
Never having heard Thelonius Monk’s and Jon Hendrick’s “In Walked Bud”, this scat piece based on “Blue Skies” was the perfect piece to highlight all three musicians expertise.
In Julio Gutiérrez’s “Inolvidable”, Ms. Mason soared, showing off her emotional connection to song. This song was sheer magic in Ms. Mason’s brilliant interpretation.
Ms. Mason’s deliberative phrasing and intonation on the Kern/Field’s “The Way You Look Tonight”, made this a passion of longing. Luques Curtis bass added just the right touch of pathos.
Another song I was unfamiliar with was Reuben Blades and Elvis Costello’s “Shammed Into Love”, which had such a clear eyed directness to it and quite the opposite of the song before it.
Wanting to add a song of today into the mix Ms. Mason sunk into System of a Down’s “Toxixity”, which had the audience in her hands.
One of my favorite songs is Jobim’s “Waters of March”. In this stripped down version, we could actually hear the brilliance of lyric. (see video).
Jaro Filip’s song “Cersene” was a tribute to Ms. Mason’s Slovakian background. Felipe Fournier added his musical prowess to the arrangements.
Bobby Mc Ferrin’s “Be Happy”, lit up the stage as Ms. Mason beamed all the joy in the universe.
Frank Loesser’s and Jimmy McHugh’s “Say It” was Triangle’s love letter to the audience.
Not disappointing her fans, who know she sings the quintessential version of Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale”, Ms Mason pored out her heart in last night’s version.
Leaving on an upbeat note The Beatles, “Here Comes The Sun” offered hope, to a world a little off kilter.
This show is a must for anyone who loves music and singers, who know how to connect to their material and bring their audiences in for one sublime ride.
You can catch Luba Mason and Triangle at:
11/30 BARBÈS with TRIANGLE: Voice, Vibes, Bass, 376 9th St. Park Slope, Brooklyn (F train to 7th Ave) 8-9:30pm
12/8 THE CELL with TRIANGLE: Voice, Vibes, Bass 338 W. 23rd St, NYC TBA