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|Allman Brothers Band: New York, NY|
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|Review: 3-22-04 (Score: 1)|
by jchasin (email@example.com) on Mar 25, 2004 - 02:09 PM
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Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
Good Clean Fun
Worried Down With the Blues
Trouble No More
Woman Across the River
Instrumental Illness > drums > Illness
Walk on Gilded Splinters
Done Somebody Wrong
Old Before My Time
Leave My Blues at Home
You Don't Love Me > Whipping Post jam > Black Hearted Woman jam > Whipping Post close
Monday night seemed like Night of the Living Drummers. The tautness and athleticism of the three-man drum section seemed to be the theme off the show.
The "Sopranos" theme was back as opening music when the band bopped into a sprightly version of "Revival." It was concise, with some nice licks traded by the guitarists. "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" featured some stretchy, bendy notes from Derek and some nice organ work by Gregg. Then "Good Clean Fun" totally swings, with some nice riff-based guitar work and a tasty Gregg organ solo.
Warren steps up for his first vocal performance of the night, "Worried Down With the Blues." Derek tosses in some nice accents on the verse,and his solo is a slow boil. Warren stretches the intro note on his solo, then back into the verse, then Derek plays a fat solo as the energy comes down and Jaimoe is perfectly accenting the song. Then "Midnight Rider and "Trouble No More," both pretty much by the book. Gregg takes another sweet organ solo between verses on "Woman Across the River." Then Derek takes an unusually aggressive solo, the band falling into step behind him. After they go back into the verse, Warren's driving, insistent solo brings the song to a close.
Jay Collins joins the band on sax for "Soulshine," and it may have been my vantage point (on stage in the wings) but I didn't think he added much. Maybe he was higher in the mix in the house. Gregg sings the first vocal, accompanying himself on some church style organ. Derek's solo splits open the ceiling and the sunshine comes pouring in. Then the outro, with Derek and Warren all release over the sax and organ.
"Instrumental Illness" closes the set, featuring a rare first set drum solo. In truth though, the entire song is a drum solo, as many sections feature a single player interplaying with the drums. It is an impressive 25+ minute display of musicality and pure athleticism for the rhythm section.
Oteil kicks things off, accented by Marc. Gregg's organ comes to the fore on the first go-round of the melody. Then Derek plays a sequence of single notes, then the notes become bursts. He seems to stop time with a bent-note solo, mostly just Derek over the drums. Oteil lets loose in counterpoint to the melody with Collins over the top; the drums are pushing against him, asserting themselves, introducing some dissonance. Next Warren solos, and it is time for adventures in melody as he explores various themes. Oteil is more prominent now in the mix. Warren's long, adventurous solo ends up as just guitar over drums, and leads into the extended drum solo. Marc and Jaimoe trade off in a drummer's call and response, with Butch providing the solid underpinning. It is as if the other instrumentalists have left, but the song is still there.
Eventually Oteil lays his bass on top, Warren adds a solo, and the band is back. They collectively re-state the song's theme, then Oteil hits the bass line for the final go-round.
It is a long set-- over at 9:40. Truth be told, though, outside of the drumming pyrotechnics on "Illness," it seems somewhat rote.
The second set picks up where the first set left off-- with drumming. A brief ensemble drum piece serves as opening to "Walk on Gilded Splinters," which in the Allmans' hands is less a gumbo number than on Dr. John's version. The vocals are tight. The band swings on "Done Somebody Wrong," Derek leading the way on his swinging solo,
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