Three and a half stars
Clarian Health Concerts on the Canal; Indiana History Center; July 26
This amazing vocal group started in 1953 at Crispus Attucks and has been performing and recording worldwide ever since, now as a quartet since the death of Bobby Young two years ago. Chester Brown, Robert Penick (Chico), Robert Wesley and James Lee, backed by a combo of keyboard, tenor base and drums, shared their new, yet still distinctive “hey, this is great to listen and dance to” arrangements. Their diversity of tempos and styles, clarity of diction and fine musicianship made the program interesting, especially when they delivered two very different versions of the same song, including “Secret Love” and “Your Love.” Marion Garmel reminded this reviewer of the American Cabaret Theatre show based on The Counts. Streetcorner Harmony: From Doo Wop to Motown ran during 2000, with Billy Myers playing tenor bass then, as he was at this concert. The Best Ever: the Original Counts ($15) is available at the Basile History Market. Listening to it, and comparing the tracks with the new arrangements, you marvel at how stylishly, respectfully and seamlessly the switch was made from five to four voices. Contact The Counts at 317-257-0586.