Review: ‘Montell Jordan’

Presented inhouse. Band: Montell Jordan, Schappell Crawford, Mark Lomaz, Jimmy Russell, Shaunta Montgomery. Reviewed Nov. 15, 1995. Despite an inordinate wait between opening act and headliner, hip-hop singer Montell Jordan's potent pipes and towering charm woke up and ultimately won over the crowd for most of his marathon set. Jordan consistently sounded great, showing off his versatility, whether crooning to the fawning "honeys" up front or playfully impersonating the likes of Prince and Boyz II Men. In particular, "Daddy's Home" showcased his lilting but robust, church-trained vocals and stirred the crowd.

Presented inhouse. Band: Montell Jordan, Schappell Crawford, Mark Lomaz, Jimmy Russell, Shaunta Montgomery. Reviewed Nov. 15, 1995. Despite an inordinate wait between opening act and headliner, hip-hop singer Montell Jordan’s potent pipes and towering charm woke up and ultimately won over the crowd for most of his marathon set. Jordan consistently sounded great, showing off his versatility, whether crooning to the fawning “honeys” up front or playfully impersonating the likes of Prince and Boyz II Men. In particular, “Daddy’s Home” showcased his lilting but robust, church-trained vocals and stirred the crowd.

“Opening for Boyz II Men, (we had) 22 minutes every single night. Now, we get onstage and do pretty much anything we want,” Jordan joked about the band’s seemingly improvised two-hour set.

After the late start and 100 minutes of Montell, fans seemed almost relieved when he closed with his chart-topping TGIF anthem, “This Is How We Do It.” In front of a thinning crowd, he again took the stage for an unrequested encore, mustering up only a remix of the same hit — a cheap finale to an otherwise solid display of showmanship.

Montell Jordan

(House of Blues; 1,000 capacity; $ 25) *

Production

After waiting an hour for more fans to filter in, Jordan and his dancers finally graced the stage with the well-choreographed swagger and pizzazz that won the 6-foot, 8-inch chart-topper praise as an opener on the recent Boyz II Men/TLC national tour. A ferocious band put a solid spin on street bouncers and ballads from his million-selling R&B/hip-hop debut, "This Is How We Do It" (Def Jam), as well as a medley of vintage soul covers.
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