Mo’ Tenors: Ten Kinds of Cool at Cerritos
franchise of “Three Mo’ Tenors” started out as an offshoot of the very
classical “Three Tenors” of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Jose
Carrera who got folksy with audiences using their powerhouse pipes to
surprisingly sing a pop song or two along with arias that sailed on the high
C’s. The newest iteration of the Three Mo’s lets loose of the classical and
while nodding at a couple of arias mostly allows the three gentlemen to
showcase the powers of the tenor voice in ten separate genre. At Cerritos the
esteemed tenors were Victor Robinson, Duane A. Moody and Phumizile Sojola who
surprised and delighted a pretty full house at the Performing Arts Center.
evening started with Verdi and Puccini it soon quickly moved toward Broadway
and the Philadelphia Soul Sound with plenty of high notes and high spirits.
Robinson sounded wonderful on “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables” and the
trio joined in perfect harmony for the towering “Make Them Hear You” from the
musical “Ragtime” that is exactly right for this show. There were no sour notes
as the men gave their all to blues, pop, and R& B with more voice than you
would be used to hearing. There was some sensational South African soul from
Mister Sojola in “My Darling,” some “Paris Blues” and even a Queen medley that
reached notes even Freddy Mercury might envy. Other sentimental journeys were
tributes to Ray Charles and the great soul groups of the 60’s and 70’s
including “Love Train,” “My Girl” and “La La Means I Love You” that hit the
spot. Pianist Keith Burton kept it on point from one style to another moving
easily from a funky “Midnight Train to Georgia” to soaring gospel sounds like a
moving “Lord How Come Me Here” that proved to be the best of the entire show.
However, Duane Moody stood the hall on its ear with his tour de force of “I
Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” that may have meant some folks did not need to go to
church in the morning. The show was finished
by a reprise of the magnificent “Make Them Hear You” that was indeed heard in
the big hall by all.