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Where Love Begins

by The Blues Cabaret

Blues meets Broadway in a heart-rending, knee-slapping ride through love lost, gained and squandered, told through fourteen songs, four soulful singers and one swinging band.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Don't Dig Too Deep
4:39 album only
2. I Knew I Had the Blues
4:12 album only
3. I Want to Love You
4:52 album only
4. Interlude
0:57 album only
5. Was This Love Written in the Stars
5:17 album only
6. Goin' to a Party
3:23 album only
7. Chicken Pot Pie
3:27 album only
8. I Believe in You and Me
3:36 album only
9. Bottle of Tolerance
2:46 album only
10. Desert At Night
4:36 album only
11. Thrill of the Chase
4:08 album only
12. That Night On the Rooftop
3:01 album only
13. Thinkin' 'Bout You
5:06 album only
14. Love's a Merry Go Round
5:28 album only
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Album Notes
The Blues Cabaret is a dynamic new song cycle about a wistful musician who finally walks the road not taken – years too late. It’s a heart-rending, knee-slapping ride through love lost, gained and squandered, told through sixteen-plus songs, four soulful singers and one swinging band.

The two-set show is the brainchild of Dave Fleschner, writer, composer, arranger, singer and serious pianist. From Portland, Oregon, Dave’s toured internationally with Curtis Salgado, played with B.B. King and written for plenty others. “But this,” he says, “this is what I’ve been wanting to do since I was sixteen years old: tell a story from my own heart with my very own tunes.”

Dave’s the genius behind The Blues Cabaret, which is why he smartly enlisted renowned blues belter, Earl Thomas. Earl’s got songwriting and singing credits you just have to scroll through – Etta James, Montreux Jazz Fest, Grammy nominated, etcetera. But his voice on a Fleschner tune is a revelation. “When I first heard Dave’s songs,” says Thomas, “they were so good I thought maybe I’d written them myself!”

Stepping into the mix are two soloists from the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Dapper, willowy crooner Jimmy Wilcox brings the sugar, with a swing and a smile reminiscent of Frank Sinatra still in Jersey. And Nashville session man Billy Mixer spreads the salt, deliciously so, through a savory mix of altar boy cherub channeling his inner Patti LaBelle. Flanking Earl center stage, they make an inverse Oreo with bite.

Or a hot “Chicken Pot Pie,” one of the many tunes they groove to in four-part harmony. There’s a rent party feel to this funky gig as they reminisce about “That Night on the Rooftop,” savor “The Thrill of the Chase” or ask the eternal question, “Was This Love Written in the Stars? (Or was it just tagged on a wall?)”

“Love is a Merry-Go-Round,” writes Fleschner in this soulful new show. That’s a good thing, because The Blues Cabaret deserves multiple spins.



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Shannon Dale

What an amazing band!
This is a review of their concert, but it applies to their cd as well. I've listened to it so much that I can already sing to most of their songs. I highly recommend them. I Want To Love You is not only my favorite song on the album but my current favorite song of the week.
Band: Blue's Cabaret
Venue: Alberta Rose Theater
Genre: West Coast Rap (I'm kidding, it was Blues)
I've been hearing Dave Fleschner's name for years. I knew that my friend/co-worker's husband was a musician but I never really dug deeper than that. I thought he was in a band. I didn't realize he was a musical genius.
Every once in a while you go to a show and it's magic. Last night was magical. First, the doors opened at 7 but the show started at 8. There was a string quartet on stage playing the hour before the show. Brilliant! I'm spoiled now and I'm going to start demanding preshow entertainment at all concerts that I attend.
When the band took the stage it was adorable. You know how my motto is, "the perfection is in the imperfections?" Dave was nervous. The sound was a little off. The harmonies were not quite in sync.
For about 90 seconds.
And then? Omg.
Perhaps I should describe Blues Cabaret. Dave wrote all of the songs and music. There is a band that consists of Dave on the piano, a bass (cello), drums, guitar, trumpet, sax, trombone, and on one song a string quartet. And Dave wrote the arrangements for ALL OF THEM. Oh, and let's not forget the 3 amazing singers.
The songs made me laugh, they made me cry, they made me...um, some of the songs were very sexy. I told Gina I won't be able to look her in the eye now knowing that some of these songs are about her. The music transported me to a 1920s jazz bar, a New Orleans street corner, modern day Portland.
All 3 singers were amazing, but Earl was fantastic. His voice was mesmerizing. His facial expressions were just so much fun. Speaking of, every person on stage was clearly having the time of their lives.
I just have to mention Dave's piano skills. He played the piano like I've never seen before. His fingers move 90 mph and he can cover all of the keys in matters of seconds. I know just enough about the piano to know that he was at one point playing an extremely complicated piece, while singing, and making eye contact with the band to try to communicate something, and he made it look easy.
I bought a cd. I'll be blasting it today and probably everyday. It was a fortuitous circumstance that allowed me to go to this show and I'm so glad that I went. I did leave with two questions. Why does Bo Diddly owe Dave $80? And when is Gina bringing me some chicken pot pie?