January 11, 2010 – 4:03 am

The gifted, classically-trained pianist Alicia Keys.

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Essen 2004 [no label, 1CD]

Live in [Zeche] Essen, February 21, 2004. Excellent FM stereo.

Alicia Keys wears her influences clearly. Her many social commitments and charitable works identify her with one of her heroes, Nina Simone. While her tunes are as pop and glitzy as Prince’s. Of late the pianist has been making the usual promotional stops at gala music awards shows, the Jools Holland show in the UK and others that bring her into millions of homes. That duet with Jay-Z, Empire State Of Mind, also boosted her stature.

So here’s a show before all the hoopla. From 2004 when she was in Germany to promote The Diary Of Alicia Keys which was released in the previous December. Note how soulful she sounds. To hear how she now sounds - au naturel - you have to pick up her latest album. Thanks to kiwiberti for sharing this at the DIME.
- The Little Chicken

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Harmel Nocturne * (1.1MB)
Track 02. Rock Wit U + (6.8MB)
Track 03. Heartburn * (4.4MB)
Track 04. How Come You Don’t Call Me (Prince cover) + (5.7MB)
Track 05. If I Were Your Woman * (2.1MB)
Track 06. A Woman’s Worth + (3.9MB)
Track 07. Streets/Living For The City (6.6MB)
Track 08. Diary * (8.5MB)
Track 09. Fallin’ + (5.1MB)
Track 10. You Don’t Know My Name * (10.7MB)
Track 11. If I Ain’t Got You * (9.3MB)

+ from her debut album, Songs In A Minor (2001)
* from her second album, The Diary Of Alicia Keys (2003)

Alicia Keys continues to move forward and with The Element Of Freedom (2009) establishes herself as a worthy composer. Just listen to the solo/ slow version of Empire State Of Mind. Buy it here.

  1. 6 Responses to “IT’S IN HER KEYS”

  2. She’s quite a looker, aint she?

    By Timmy on Jan 11, 2010

  3. There is no Zeche Essen in Essen, Germany.
    It probably either was Zeche Carl or Zeche Zollverein. But not Zeche Essen. There is none.

    By Ry Halper on Jan 13, 2010

  4. Ry is correct. There is no Zeche Essen.
    But it was definitely Zeche Zollverein, which is a big industrial museum area.
    Note: Essen is the current 2010 European capital of culture. Check it out, when you get to the area.

    By Walter on Jan 13, 2010

  5. Walter,

    You are probably right.
    The backstage area did not look like the one at Zeche Carl at all to me.
    And you are right again: Zeche Zollverein (and of course the rest of Essen) is worth a visit.

    By Ry Halper on Jan 16, 2010

  6. The first track s/b “Harlem Nocturne”–it is a jazz standard written by Earle Hagen.

    By beelz on Jan 28, 2010

  7. It is definitely the Zeche Zollverein in Essen and it was an “1Live Radiokonzert”, a concert live broadcasted for the leading regional radiostation in Northrhein-Westfalia. I taped it myself in 2004.

    By Peter on Feb 3, 2010

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