Every 10 years or so, after contributing to numerous solo projects as writers, producers (Track and Field) and, in the case of Gerald Eaton, a.k.a. Jarvis Church, their own careers, the Philosopher Kings reunite to create and perform their intoxicating brand of soulful pop and R&B and reminding us of just how much we've missed them.
On Tuesday night, the Juno-Award winning Gerald Eaton- led six-piece returned for a short and sweet set of old favourites, delivering an evening of stellar musicianship and a sneak peek of some upcoming material from Return of The Kings, a new album that is to be released in the Fall and accompanied by a full-blown tour.
Aside from proving, again that their jazz-inflected sound offers some prime cookin' — a "showdown" between guitarist James Bryan and bass player Marc Rogers ran the gamut covering Guns 'N' Roses "Sweet Child Of Mine" to Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" as they tried to outdo each other — the band, driven by drummer Denton Whited, revealed a sonic maturity that only comes with experience, as front man Eaton steamed up the room with sweltering romanticism and made the ladies swoon with his charismatic presence and soulful vocals.
Included in the set were classic nuggets that included "Charms," "Castles In the Sand" (from their criminally underrated pop masterpiece Castles), their faithful hit rendition of the Godley & Creme ditty "Cry" and "Hurts To Love You," which incorporated a medley of Bill Withers' "Use Me" and Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," and a couple of new tracks, including their catchy new single "Still the One."
Ironically, when they do finally get around to releasing Return of The Kings, it will land as only the Philosopher Kings' fourth studio album of their illustrious career.
But you know what they say, it's not about quantity, only quality.