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Foxx's best notes: singing a la Charles

The Baltimore Sun

"I'm an Oscar winner but I'm still ghetto," Jamie Foxx told the full house at 1st Mariner Arena on Sunday night. And for nearly three hours, the comedian-actor-singer, who won an Academy Award for his stellar portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004's Ray, mixed explicit comedy with, well, explicit balladry.

It was all forced and certainly disjointed as the Texas native tried to segue from slightly juvenile comedy routines about sex to serious crooning about - you guessed it - sex. But here's the problem: Foxx is more engaging as a manic, somewhat-silly comedian than an R. Kelly-style urban crooner. But above all, he's a seriously talented dramatic actor who embodies his characters. Unfortunately, Foxx only revealed a smidgen of that skill during his rambling, self-congratulatory show.

If you go Jamie Foxx performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets Northwest, Washington. Tickets, $68.75-$83.75, are available through Ticketmaster. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.

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