The magnificent Eisa Davis, who you’ve probably seen somewhere on TV if you didn’t meet her, like I did, through “Passing Strange,” is not just a singer and actress, but an accomplished playwright as well.
With the help of a top-notch trio on keys, bass, and drums, and with the help of her “Passing Strange” pal Rebecca Naomi Jones, returns to Jack, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave. in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood Friday night for a second and final go at songs from Davis’ “Flowers Are Sleeping.”
As Davis described it, the show centers on a conceptual artist surrounded by people trying to shape and direct her art. Another main character is an art blogger.
The songs that she tested out in the intimate room on Wednesday were full of great melodies, sinuous beats, and mesmerizing vocals. The themes touched on art appreciation, the nature of the blues, and the meaning of change, among other things, all filtered through Davis’ generous spirit and gentle sense of humor.
And while it is Davis’ show all the way, Jones’ presence adds a special spark, as Davis acknowledged on Wednesday.
Calling Jones her “sister,” Davis said “I think we created some sort of new DNA when we made ‘Passing Strange.'”
Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are just $10 at the door. Jack is a pleasant room and has beer and wine available.
I recommend doing anything you can to catch this fantastic performance. It lasted little more than an hour on Wednesday, and every minute was precious.