LE Newsletter - April 7, 2011


  Naturally 7 In Concert Recap

Source:  Dawn Langfield, Langfield Entertainment

Wow.  There are barely words that can describe what went down at
The Great Hall last week.  I knew that Naturally 7 was an a cappella group that use their voices to replicate the sounds of instruments.  But I wasn’t ready, not even close!  There were times during the concert that I actually forgot that they were not singing with a full band behind them.  Really! 

The intricate harmonies blended perfectly with their full ‘orchestra’
including the sounds of an R&B band (complete with guitar solos), horn section, string section, full percussion, winds, beatbox, and DJ scratching.  Absolutely sensational.  And each of these veteran performers had their own unique flavour at the mic.  Other than the mega talents of the tenors, baritones and bass (I’ll get to him later!) were the ‘sounds’ of Warren Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor).  He could imitate the exact sounds of a full drum kit.  He sat in back of the group with the bass ‘player’ as is the normal positioning of band members.  His beats and beatboxing were phenomenal and tight. 

Now the bass … widely known to be my favourite instrument, whether
electric, stand up or, in this case, on vocals.  “Hops” Hutton surprised the room.  He was this lean, tall ‘drink of water’.  It was almost impossible to imagine that this young man had such a deep and resonating voice.  I mean, he went to the depths of the lower register with such a full and rich sound.  A real compliment to the entire structure of what is Naturally 7.

This is a well-polished, engaging, entertaining, charming group of men that know how to connect with their audience and have the vocal skills, choreography and professionalism to back it up.  What a pleasure to hear music without the overproduction that we hear so often.

Naturally 7 are Roger Thomas (musical director, arranger, 1st Baritone, Rap), Warren
Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor) Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), Napoleon (Polo) Cummings (4th Tenor, guitar), Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone, vocals, trumpet), Garfield Buckley (2nd Tenor, Harmonica) and “Hops” Hutton (Bass).

Check out more photos on my FB page and in my PHOTO GALLERY – they don’t do them justice but I’ve also incorporated some videos to give you a flavour of what you missed if you didn’t attend.  I’ll keep you posted of any return engagements.  I’ll be the first in line and encourage you to buy their CDs – crazy and have been listening to them all week.

Thank you Naturally 7 for bringing the joy and excitement of true and unobstructed talent across my plate again. And thank you to Stephane Lecuyer for getting me involved with them through Full Capacity Concerts. (www.fullcc.com)