Steve Winwood – Jazz Festival Lugano (2013)

FrontCover1Another great recording from Estival, courtesy of Lewojazz (thanks), the only downside being the announcers again talking extensively over the start of the tracks at a higher volume than the music. I reduced as much talk as I could without removing any music, so hopefully it doesn’t spoil the listening experience.

And David Randall’s comments on Winwood’s gig at The Lowry, Salford on June 24, 2013 is equally applicable here:

Starting with the insistent ‘Rainmaker’ closely followed by ‘I’m A  Man’,  giving Winwood’s Hammond a chance to breathe and the band to stretch out, these were admirable scene setters.  One of our best soulful voices, Winwood is also equally content behind the organ or guitar as he led the band through an inevitably cursory cross-section of his musical history.  His mutton chop whiskers (perhaps in preparation for Glasto) now detract slightly from an ever youthful image.

A trawl through his Traffic past, the brief Blind Faith (if you couldn’t be there in Hyde Park in 1969 this was possibly the next best thing) and a couple of eighties ‘hits’ were punctuated by some extended set-pieces such as the Traffic songs ‘Low Spark…’ and ‘Light Up And Leave Me Alone’.

Recorded live at the Estival Jazz Festival 2013,
Piazza della Riforma, Lugano, Switzerland; July 4, 2013
Excellent internet broadcast


Richard Bailey (drums)
Paul Booth (saxophone, flute, vocals)
Cafe DaSilva (percussion)
Jose Neto (guitar)
Steve Winwood (keyboards, guitar, vocals)

01. Rainmaker (Capaldi/Winwood)  8.02
02. I’m a Man (Miller/Winwood)  8.29
03. Fly (Winwood/Godwin/Neto)  9.05
04. Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood) 5.27
05. Had To Cry Today (Winwood/Clapton)  7.20
06. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Capaldi/Winwood)  7.42
07. Light Up or Leave Me Alone (Capaldi) 19.47
08. Higher Love (Winwood/Jennings)  6.32
09. Keep On Running (Edwards) 4.17
10. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Wood/Capaldi/Winwood)  8.29
11. Gimme Some Lovin’ (Davis/Winwood)  6.33