Jill Scott puts on a sultry show in Raleigh

Reviewed by Clay De Souza
Times-News correspondent
RALEIGH — Raw, riveting, real and electrifying — that’s the best way to describe Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party Tour’s stop at the Time-Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek on Tuesday night.

The R&B singer/actress put on a flowing, sultry show more fit for a jazz club in the city than at an amphitheater, displaying her unique blend of affection and poetry like bohemian soul, in the middle of smooth, frequently jazz-saturated arrangements.

Scott sang about “grown women making decisions and choices,” but so convincingly that even the men in the audience felt moved by the message.

Scott performed “Shame,” “Le Boom Vent Suite,” “Womanifesto” and “Rolling Hills” off her latest album, “The Light of the Sun.” During the show, gospel singer Anthony Hamilton accompanied her onstage to recreate the duet on their hit “So In Love.”

Scott played songs from her four-album catalog, too, with show-stopping performances of “Gimme,” “Hate On Me,” “Slowly Surely,”a rendition of her popular 2001 hit “A Long Walk,” “It’s Love” and “Crown Royal.”

The rest of the evening stayed true to the “block party” format. DJ Jazzy Jeff, assisted by Doug E. Fresh, played old school hits from the 1980s like Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step,” “Outstanding,” by The Gap Band and “Poison” by Bell, Biv, DeVoe, among other old jams.

Fresh even demonstrated the “Doug E.,” a popular dance in American pop culture. He showcased different ways to do the dance, such as when you are at the gym, playing golf and basketball.

Hamilton brought a bolder and more diverse show. He maneuvered through songs like “Cool,” “Change Your World” and “Charlene,” as well as a doo-wop version of “Can’t Let Go” and a gospel-inspired version of “Prayin’ For You/Superman.”

Scott may not be at the top of the charts nowadays, but her tunes and personality make her extremely charismatic to watch.

Clay De Souza is a student at Alamance Community College and a Teens & 20s writer.

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