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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

More from St. Lucia

14th St. Lucia jaz is now history. UB40 closed Sunday
night with satisfying if unspectacular set taking in
their 25 years asa reggae band (unchanged core lineup)
before them, Chris Botti, w/ Billy Kilson on drums Mark Schulman
on guitar, Federico Pena on piano and Jon Osmond on bass
delivered tight set focussing on his latest release, "When I Fall in Love"

Earl Klugh wasalso stirring, as was Dave Koz and his band the previous
afternoon. Audience-wise, Saturday's show belonged to
American Idol Fantasia Barreno. Showed great confidence
and crowd -esp. ladies - lapped up every bit of her
"Independent Woman" schtick.

The Isleys, featuring Ron Isley looked and sounded good
(Ron recently recovered from a stroke) but set was a bit
shorter and not quite as intense as previously (they headlined
a mother's Day bill in Kingston about 2 years ago).

Also notable: local boy roots sax stylist Rob "Zi" Taylor and
vocalist Tracy Hamlin who opened on Saturday and Sunday

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