Some cats are just cool. Booker T. is an example. In one of the best gigs seen by these eyes, Booker T. Jones, who made his name as the leader of Booker T. & The MGs, proceeded through a what’s what of soul and blues classics last week at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, an evening to thrill any fan of those genres. A very sprightly 68-year-old, the great man flitted from playing the hammond organ on stone-cold MGs’ classics ‘Green Onions’ and ‘Soul Limbo’ to rhythm guitar on Al Green’s ‘Take Me To The River’ and Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, while regaling the audience with tales of a life lived between Memphis and Malibu among such luminaries as Albert King, Bob Dylan and Bill Withers.
Having been instrumental in the output of Stax Records as a producer, guitarist, songwriter and, of course, organist, by the end of his set Booker T. had distilled the sounds of a golden age of music and forged a link between almost mythical names. His set is no doubt a musical score for a great many lives.