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  posted on 10/4/2014 at 11:56 PM
http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2014/10/gregg_allman_closed_out_gretna. html


Gregg Allman didn't look, or sound, like a guy ready for retirement at the Gretna Heritage Festival. In three weeks at the Beacon Theater in New York, the Allman Brothers Band will say farewell after an epic 45 year run. That run has covered some hard miles, especially in the case of Allman.

But on Friday, Oct. 3, as Allman's solo band closed out the Main Stage alongside the Mississippi River on the 20th anniversary Gretna Fest's opening night, his graveled bark of a voice was strong. He was, by his reticent standards, chatty. And he spent a third of the hour-and-45-minute show standing and strumming rhythm guitar, away from the safe confines of his usual sanctuary behind a Hammond B-3 organ.

Friday morning's showers rendered the ground in front of the main stage spongy and, in spots, muddy. A persistent wind coming off the river swept across the stage. It toppled a music stand and constantly fluttered the lyric sheets perched in front of Allman. "Y'all hearin' all right?" he asked. "We got a bit of wind." If the crowd heard a buzz through the speakers, "it's no fault of ours."

What was heard through the speakers was a representative sampling of songs from throughout Allman's solo and band careers. On Thursday night, several members of his band played an early-evening show at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street; Allman joined them for a couple of songs as the not-so-surprise guest. At Gretna Fest, they picked up right where they left off the previous night, launching into a faithful "I'm No Angel" with little fanfare. The presence of two saxophones and a trumpet gave "Angel" and other songs a new sass and swing.

"We're going to play a song about the great state of Georgia," Allman drawled in a speaking voice that is far more garbled than his singing voice. With that, they fired up the Allmans classic "Statesboro Blues." Allman has shared stages with a litany of great guitarists over the decades, including his late brother Duane and current Allman Brothers aces Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, who, apparently unlike other band members, took seriously the group decision to stop touring at the end of the Allman Brothers' 45th anniversary year. Those are no small shoes for guitarist Scott Sharrard to fill. But his fleet slide guitar on "Statesboro Blues," "Come and Go Blues" and elsewhere was convincingly Allman-esque, even if his fireworks don't have quite the same explosive powers.

Peter Levin's full-bodied piano solos, like the horn arrangements, were another new twist. The horns kicked "I Found a Love," a chestnut covered by Etta James and many others, right back to the 1950s; at the microphone, Allman navigated its nuances.

He first strapped on an electric guitar for "Ain't Wasting Time No More," which he played on organ the previous night at the Maple Leaf. He revisited his 1973 debut solo album, "Laid Back," for the hard, slow blues of "Queen of Hearts." He strummed an acoustic for the Allmans favorite "Melissa"; at its conclusion, he threw a pick toward the crowd, only to shrug when the wind dropped it on the stage.

He was back at the organ for "Midnight Rider," dressed up by percussionist Marc Quinones, who, like Allman, does double duty in this band and the Allman Brothers. Standing again, Allman dug into "One Way Out." After a rhythm section excursion, featuring New Orleans bassist Ron Johnson, he savored the final lament of the lover trapped upstairs: "There's a man down there...might be your old man...might be your HUSBAND...I don't know."

On the far side of 11 p.m., an encore of "Whipping Post" made clear the strengths and limitations of Allman sans the Brothers. His solo band's version lacked the brute-force menace of the Allman Brothers'. But its slightly faster tempo not to mention its prominent tenor sax solo put a fresh spin on this most grizzled of warhorses.

If the Allman Brothers Band does indeed call it quits at the end of October, Gregg Allman already has figured out his way forward.

and some funky vid from the Maple: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq5KlJxZRUo

 
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  posted on 10/5/2014 at 01:36 AM
I used to live on Oak Street. I know the Maple Leaf well. I would have loved to have seen Gregg there.

I wonder how that came to pass?

 

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  posted on 10/5/2014 at 08:11 AM
Great take on a classic! Funky opening solo, love the horns. Makes me want to go see GAB
 

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The presence of two saxophones and a trumpet gave "Angel" and other songs a new sass and swing.

I'm likely in the minority around here but I could do with a lot less horns in Gregg's shows.
Wish he'd get back to leaner band like he had in the 80s & play more of that material.
Love Just Before The Bullets Fly, album & song.

 

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  posted on 10/5/2014 at 12:11 PM
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The presence of two saxophones and a trumpet gave "Angel" and other songs a new sass and swing.

I'm likely in the minority around here but I could do with a lot less horns in Gregg's shows.
Wish he'd get back to leaner band like he had in the 80s & play more of that material.
Love Just Before The Bullets Fly, album & song.


I'm in the minority with you then. I wish it was a leaner, stripped down thing also. Personally, I'm just not into the 13 people on stage thing as much anymore.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 09:29 AM
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The presence of two saxophones and a trumpet gave "Angel" and other songs a new sass and swing.

I'm likely in the minority around here but I could do with a lot less horns in Gregg's shows.
Wish he'd get back to leaner band like he had in the 80s & play more of that material.
Love Just Before The Bullets Fly, album & song.


I'm in the minority with you then. I wish it was a leaner, stripped down thing also. Personally, I'm just not into the 13 people on stage thing as much anymore.


Count me in. The big band sound works well for someone like Van Morrison who pretty much plays with a small orchestra - and it sounds great. Gregg's brand of blues should be lean and mean.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 11:19 AM
Thanks for the report of the doings.
 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 11:35 AM
Gregg's finest solo work was done on The Gregg Allman Tour.

He had horns,strings,full band,back up singers,etc.

Johnny Sandlin captures the beauty of the "big" band quite nicely on the double album.

i've also seen Gregg in many other solo incarnations & most have been excellent although the show i saw with Jack Pearson in his band was incredible.

i like the current band alot too.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 12:59 PM
Disagree - love Gregg with the horns. His solo music has always been more about 50s and 60s soul (and a little more jazz) than dirty blues. That "Ain't Wasting Time" is some funky sh1t, I'm not a fan of the arrangement with Gregg on guitar.

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 02:13 PM
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Gregg's finest solo work was done on The Gregg Allman Tour.

He had horns,strings,full band,back up singers,etc.

Johnny Sandlin captures the beauty of the "big" band quite nicely on the double album.

i've also seen Gregg in many other solo incarnations & most have been excellent although the show i saw with Jack Pearson in his band was incredible.

i like the current band alot too.


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Obviously where Gregg is headed with the sound with the horns is what he likes too. He seems to like the soul & jazzy sound, & the horns make this happen.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 07:00 PM
I've seen Gregg with and without the horns. IMHO the horns really add to the show -- like the bluesy jazzy sound.
 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 11:29 PM
Love the horns - it sets him up perfectly. Many of his favorite singers were singing in bands with horns. Love the jazzy N'awlins feeling to much of his early to mid 70's singing and writing too. R

His musical life has been beyond most anyone's wildest dreams, if you ever sit and really think about it. Born in any other era he mighta been a dentist after all.




 

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I would agree when it comes to the ABB,but with Gregg's band and his interest and intent,I'd differ.

I re listened to the YouTube on this thread...sound was not great,but man thy sound tremendous...Jay Collins solo lent a whole new flavor to the song and Gregg's singing was masterful...

 
 


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