Hello H(elsinki) H(udson) F(riend)s:
Alabama-based singer-songwriter Gabriel Tajeu brings his smooth pop-soul sounds to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, April 23, at 7pm, in a concert to benefit the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.
Growing up in a household that appreciated diverse music, Gabriel Tajeu was provided a mash-up of influences across the spectrum from Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire to Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra. When it came to music that hit his core vocally, he gravitated to the styling, phrasing, and harmonies of R&B legends Al Green and Marvin Gaye. Recently, it’s the music of Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, D’Angelo, and Elvis Costello that has had a profound influence upon his writing. He also reminds me a bit of Martin Sexton.
Tajeu’s first album, “Finding My Way,” reached #11 on the iTunes Japan R&B chart, and his first single, ” Raindrops“, reached #48 on the Tokyo Top 100. For his sophomore album, Gabriel visited the legendary FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where he laid down the tracks for ” Southern Skies“. He used some of the same musicians as Aretha Franklin and Percy Sledge when they recorded in Alabama, including David Hood on bass and Spooner Oldham on keys.
SoulTracks magazine is a big fan of Tajeu’s, and they gave rave reviews both to ” Finding My Way ” and ” Southern Skies .”
Tajeu’s songs range from sweet soul ballads like ” Darling Please” to the mid-tempo R&B of ” The Beat Goes On” and ” Down to the Wire” to the full-fledged funky soul of ” Raindrops“. He also plays a mean Neil Young – listen to him covering ” Only Love Can Break Your Heart“, and you realize that Neil wrote a soul ballad!
Tajeu will be presenting his songs acoustically in a stripped-down fashion, sharing some of the inspirations and stories behind the songs, and playing some of his favorite covers – ask him to sing Sam Cooke’s ” Wonderful World” – in this fundraiser for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.
Remember – for reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800. To purchase tickets online go here. For the most up-to-date concert information, always visit Club Helsinki Hudson.
Henry Helsinki Hudson
Club Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia St.