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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 12:26 PM
Haven't heard every song on Moogis, but my take

1 - Sat 3/20. If anyone can find fault with this show let me know. Solid from the beginning, and set 2 took off into a jazz/fusion stratosphere led by Derek and guests Kefi and Bill Evans. Outrageous Dreams. Besides being perhaps the best living guitarist, Derek (with Oteil) has breathed new light into the groupd with their Jazz influence. As grat as a solo like tonight's on Dreams can be' we;ve heard those multiple times. We are spoiled. It is taking off in new directions (and after reading the playbill about the original use of horns at the Fillmore) that in a sense cemented the original dreams of the group.

2 - Thursday 3/18. This is really two shows. The first set was just fair. Two laid back. misses on AWTNM. Had the feeling Gregg would have messed up his timing (or the lyrics) to Jessica if they played it. Into The Mystic was prom worthy When Melissa opened the second set in pedestrian fashion I was saying "Ywes, they're saving it for me when I go on Friday." AND THEN Warren finally got to go to Woodstock. A Mountain Jam Sandwich that Dagwood Bumstead would have envied. It went on for ever with layers and layers of songs in between. Then a blow away Whipping Post encore. I am partial to Derek, but tonight Warren led a psychedelic journey into the past. That one set was so unified in it's direction that it made up for one of the weakest sets of the run.

3 - Friday 3/19. I was there; everything was on the mark. Derek went to mars on Dreams. I can't find any fault with anything, but what attracts me to the Beacon run is the chance to go somewhere else (ie the Band becomes another band for the night (or part of it( like they did Thursday and Saturday). Great set list, great show. Just not focused in one direction. Danny Louis and Chris Jensen fit in better than the other guests.

4 - Monday 3/15. First jazz fusion excursion with Derek/Oteill. Cheapened by the show on Sat. Loved Will the Circle in the middle of Jessica.

5/6 - Torn between Friday 3/12 with the first Willie Mctell and a Great Mountain Jam/Smokestack that was overshadowed by Thursday's.; and Sat's brilliant Blue Sky/Little Martha mini sandwich and a great Bruce Katz Liz Reed

7 - Tues 3/16. Interesting guests (Blood Ulmerl Krasno) who I didn't feel integrated that well with the band. The whole unified concept thing that I have going. One of the few Liz Reeds that has failed to blow me away.

8 - Opening night 3/11. More spring training than March madness. Better than almost anything my wife and friends drag me to, but not up to the standards we expect.

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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 01:11 PM
I was only able to see one show this year 3/18, and I was very fortunate! Last year 2009 I was at 3/12 & 3/13, both outstanding shows.
My personal opinion is the band is still at the high level of musicanship they were at last year!
What more could I ask for! I consider each opportunity to see this band a gift, they wont be around for ever.

Thank you ABB for bringing all of this wonderful music to us!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 02:21 PM
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Thursday 3/18. This is really two shows. The first set was just fair. Two laid back. misses on AWTNM. Had the feeling Gregg would have messed up his timing (or the lyrics) to Jessica if they played it. Into The Mystic was prom worthy When Melissa opened the second set in pedestrian fashion I was saying "Ywes, they're saving it for me when I go on Friday." AND THEN Warren finally got to go to Woodstock. A Mountain Jam Sandwich that Dagwood Bumstead would have envied. It went on for ever with layers and layers of songs in between. Then a blow away Whipping Post encore. I am partial to Derek, but tonight Warren led a psychedelic journey into the past. That one set was so unified in it's direction that it made up for one of the weakest sets of the run.

I really enjoyed the 3/18 show. I disagree with you about the 1st set being just fair. It was fantastic, showing the band's more delicate, melodious side before coming back with the dynamic and powerful second set. I thought the show really worked in it's totality. It was the standout night for me, but every night was really great. I'm glad they limited the guests to just a few who complemented what the band was doing.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 02:39 PM
The run for me was another great one from wht I saw. I was there Friday and it was incredible. Doyle Bramhall was a nice sit in, Jessica was incredible. Great sound in the place, great vibe, usual suspects in attendence, even the overpriced beer was tasty. Got a car back to the UWS without a hitch. No issues for us with security. I mean the drunken idiots firing up in plain view with n o regard to anyone let alone the security guys got what was deserved. Other than that, no complaints except the distance from the UWS. Ran into my annual buds at the Amsterdam Ale House, where there were quite a few peachheads. I suspect most stayed in that area. A highlight was after the show Friday in the bar which was moderately full, Derek walks right up to me and excuses himself by very politely and sat at the bar with a couple of folks and was quite happy to chat with us for some time. We closed the place with him at 4am. Great guy and looking forward to the new sounds with the new band. Very laid back. Didn't complain at all about the venue only to say the same as most getting there and back was a bit of task. He said he liked the room and the fact that the pressure on him and the band this year was quite a bit less based on the guests and laid back atmoshepre.

To rate the shows in order:

19th - cause I was there (partied with Derek) and it was virtually flawless
15th - heaviest Brothers show I have ever seen. For a Monday they were on fire.
20th - the Blue sky instrumental with Little Martha to start the second set was worth the whole night.
13th - great Sat show with all the hits and Derek and Warrens work together was fantastic and very evident.
18th - a classic hits night which needed to be done right down to the Whippin Post encore.
12th - good recovery after first show. definitely stepped it up a notch.
16th - after the prevvious show this one didn't really get going till it was almost over. just didn't do it for me.
11th - first show, bad moogis, bad karma night. good set-list but that was about it for me.

Already looking forward to next year back at the Beacon!!!!!
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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 04:25 PM
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The run for me was another great one from wht I saw. I was there Friday and it was incredible. Doyle Bramhall was a nice sit in, Jessica was incredible. Great sound in the place, great vibe, usual suspects in attendence, even the overpriced beer was tasty. Got a car back to the UWS without a hitch. No issues for us with security. I mean the drunken idiots firing up in plain view with n o regard to anyone let alone the security guys got what was deserved. Other than that, no complaints except the distance from the UWS. Ran into my annual buds at the Amsterdam Ale House, where there were quite a few peachheads. I suspect most stayed in that area. A highlight was after the show Friday in the bar which was moderately full, Derek walks right up to me and excuses himself by very politely and sat at the bar with a couple of folks and was quite happy to chat with us for some time. We closed the place with him at 4am. Great guy and looking forward to the new sounds with the new band. Very laid back. Didn't complain at all about the venue only to say the same as most getting there and back was a bit of task. He said he liked the room and the fact that the pressure on him and the band this year was quite a bit less based on the guests and laid back atmoshepre.

To rate the shows in order:

19th - cause I was there (partied with Derek) and it was virtually flawless
15th - heaviest Brothers show I have ever seen. For a Monday they were on fire.
20th - the Blue sky instrumental with Little Martha to start the second set was worth the whole night.
13th - great Sat show with all the hits and Derek and Warrens work together was fantastic and very evident.
18th - a classic hits night which needed to be done right down to the Whippin Post encore.
12th - good recovery after first show. definitely stepped it up a notch.
16th - after the prevvious show this one didn't really get going till it was almost over. just didn't do it for me.
11th - first show, bad moogis, bad karma night. good set-list but that was about it for me.

Already looking forward to next year back at the Beacon!!!!!
Cheers, yall


Cool story. Saw Derek & Susan there after the 3/16 show last year. Most everybody just let them hang. Nice you got to chat & have a beer.

I haven't heard 18/19 or 20th yet, but 3/15 was a monster for intensity - especially the second set. 3/11 was just bad Moogis, which probably affected the rating. 3/16 was an interesting setlist, although we had great seats compared to the 15th, it just didn't do anything big for me at the time. 3/13 was the most complete show - but partial to the 15th, maybe cause I was there. Will have to have a moogis "festival" and soberly review the performances. Liked the UP area and the extra distance wasn't that big of a deal.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 04:30 PM
I was at 4 shows this year. Here is my take:

3/18 The first set was good not great. Certainly not as bad as you indicate. The second set/encore was the single greatest Allman performance I have ever seen for all the reasons you state.

3/15 This very jazzy show had incredible jamming.

3/11 I disagree that this show was a warmup. I enjoyed the jazzy direction and lack of guests and thought it showed where the run was going to. Hearing Kind of Bird was a tremendous treat.

3/16 This show was also over the top fantastic.


 

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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 04:58 PM
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Cool story. Saw Derek & Susan there after the 3/16 show last year. Most everybody just let them hang. Nice you got to chat & have a beer.

I haven't heard 18/19 or 20th yet, but 3/15 was a monster for intensity - especially the second set. 3/11 was just bad Moogis, which probably affected the rating. 3/16 was an interesting setlist, although we had great seats compared to the 15th, it just didn't do anything big for me at the time. 3/13 was the most complete show - but partial to the 15th, maybe cause I was there. Will have to have a moogis "festival" and soberly review the performances. Liked the UP area and the extra distance wasn't that big of a deal.


He was very cool as was everyone else in the place. Way different from last year as only those of us from out of town at the show were in there. He chatted on and off with any that asked and for the most part did his own thing with the two or three people he was with. Very low key to say the least.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 05:07 PM
1. 3/20 - very special show, classic first set with the band high energy and on the top of their game. Derek seemed to attack each of his solos right from the get go, instead of the slow build ups he is known for. Stand Back was jaw dropping good. 2nd set was awe inspiring. Derek's Dreams on 3/19 was prbably the best version of that, but 3/20's was downright special with three solos each amazing in their own. Liz Reed far surpassed any expection I had. Bill Evans is a great player, look forward to hearing more from him. The Same Thing went from primal slow blues to be bop. Watching Oteil support Kofi's flute solo was priceless. Yes, Oteil was the MVP of this run. His uncanny abilty to lock in with the soloist and support and enhance every jam is remarkable. Listening is the key to improvisation. Oteil listens and in a millisecond has the abilty to just lock in. That was also really going on during Warren's Liz Reed solo. No better bass player on the planet today.

2. 3/19 - a very close second. Kind of Bird w/Danny, the new outro jam on Midnight Rider, great Stormy Monday strong Gregg vocals & Jr Mac's solo, as mentioned above Derek's Dreams, Anyday, Kris Jensen's sax work on Jessica

3. 3/15 - top to bottom solid show, inspired playing all night. Another great Kind of Bird. BHW>Other One full tilt, as was Every Hungry Woman

4. 3/13 - another top to bottom solid show. Highlights were AWTNM, Hoochie Coochie Man with the slowed down first verse. Little Martha>Blue Sky jam, Sky is Crying

I haven't listened to 3/11 & 12 yet

As far as 3/18 goes, great set list on paper, but I just didn't think the playing was as inspiried as my top 4 picks. MJ for me was a bit average, maybe a tad below average. I was surprised when Derek went for his slide in the first MJ solo and then just kind of gave it up and Gregg took his organ solo. Then later Derek played off the 3rd Stone riff but just never got it going again. I loved the Desdemona w/Jay's sax solo and the WP w/Jay

3/16 - I enjoyed the 1st set, great to hear Egypt again. I found the 2nd set was a bit uneven.

I'll be listening to all these shows again and probably will change some of my initial impressions. Overall, an outstanding run with a lot of inspired playing. Thank you ABB, thank you Moogis!!!


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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 10:49 PM
Agreed! Well said everybody. There were plenty of moments this past weekend that were as good as anything I've heard from this lineup, period.

This Palace run could understandably get lost in the shadow of last year's epic Beacon run, but that would be a mistake. Especially if you like the jazzy extended jams like I do, they were hittin' the note as hard as ever this weekend. There was a lot of really good music played at these shows.

3/18 had the massive Mountain Jam sandwich, as great an hour of music as you could want. I didn't find it as amazing as Friday or Saturday, but I can see how some people would give this show extra bonus points for that sequence alone.

3/19 was one of the tightest, most on point shows I've ever heard, and I thought the first set was a particularly strong first set. Kind of Bird and the extended Midnight Rider jam were otherworldy, as good as it gets. Anyday and Dreams in the second set were totally off the charts, Derek continued to reach new heights up in the Heights. Warren was also good this night, playing some really melodic riffs in his soilos. Heck, the whole band was on fire!

3/20 was a worthy closing night in every way, a blockbuster show with something for everyone. How about that Bill Evans on sax? One of the greatest guest performances I've ever seen with the ABB, bar none. Little Martha/Blue Sky was sublime, and the vibe in the Palace when Derek and Warren were doing Preachin' Blues is something I'll cherish forever. One of those shows that just screamed "special" from start to finish.

Glad I got to see the Palace Theater before I die What an interesting, unique place! The neighborhood may be a little gritty, but the building itself is divine, at least to me. Very interesting decor, reminiscent of my beloved Fox in Atlanta, and I thought the sound was great. Maybe not the Beacon, but what is? Taken on its own merits, a cool venue.

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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 12:30 PM
well said everyone. I went on the 16th and 19th and unfortunately my 3rd show was cancelled. Two great nights but the 19th was one of the best shows that I have attended. Aside from all the amazing stuff everyone has mentionned, Oteil was at his best on the 19th. Gregg vocals were terrific as well. A great job!!!!
 

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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 12:38 PM
Great run and 3/20 was the highlight of the run in my opionion. Absolutely amazing night. Hot right out of the gate. And the highlights Little Martha > Blue Sky > Little Martha and one of the best "Dreams" I have ever heard. That song can just take you away....Hell of a run!
 

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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 07:48 PM
I was at the 3/13 show and would probably rate this in the top 3 shows.
1. No horns- there are certain songs that lend themselves to horns, but the last couple of years I've heard Dreams with a sax. This is a Warren and Derek song period.
2. Closing the first set with one of the best versions of Whipping Post
3. Opening the second act with Little Martha into an instrumental version of Blue Sky
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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 11:10 AM
Went to the 3.19 and 3.20 shows. My two cents.

3.19 - 1st set - tad inconsistent. Highlights - Gilded Splinters - Warren and Derek slide duel, hot at end; Soulshine - Danny Louis on keys added spark; Midnight Rider -new Derek outro

3.19 - 2nd set - pure bliss. Meet me at the Bottom - end jam was beyond; Dreams - awesome; Anyday - perfect; Stormy Monday - fantastic; Jessica - awesome. One of the best runs of Allman Bros this fan has ever heard - Trucks was locked in.

3.20 - 1st set - strong - really enjoyed Statesboro, Stand Back, All My Friends, Blind Willie McTell - Gregg was in great voice.

3.20 - 2nd set - Little Martha>Blue Sky - NOTRW - scintillating - enjoyed slower version of Same Thing but thought it changed dynamic of set. Dreams and Liz Reed got things back on track. Bill Evans was great addition.

If had to break the four sets down - Friday, set 2 was high mark. Enjoyed UPT and neighborhood - god bless the ABB.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 01:30 PM
I was at 6 of the shows and will rate them in my order of preference.

1. 3/19 -- the most complete show. high energy start to finish and had the delight of seeing a lot of different songs that were not repeats that night. The whole show was a barnburner. First set was the longest of the run -- 90 minutes. The second set was tight and intense. Just a great all around show. A long show too, ending at midnight.

2. 3/15 -- this was Derek's night to truly shine and show why he is far and away the world's greatest guitarist. From the end of the first set through the second set, Derek played ferocious, loud, crunching fingering leads, seemingly possessed and at times channeling hendrix. In my 40+ ABB/Derek shows this is the best I have ever seen him play.

3. 3/20 -- this was also a great show. but after 3/19 a bit of a letdown. still a very strong 2 set closing night. Also a long show ending at midnight. The next latest show ended at 11:40 while the others ended about 11:35.

4. 3/12 -- Always love to see Susan and she never disappoints. It was my first show of the run and I really thought they were very tight considering it was only the second show. They seemed to be playing at mid-run level. I rate this slightly over 3/13.

5. 3/13 -- night of the hurricane. can't believe I made it there and back in one piece, thanks to my north face down parka. a very solid show with my favorite ABB song Liz Reed -- very nice version. The drum solos at the end of the show tend to dampen the momentum but they are always well played.

6. 3/18 -- to me this was the only off-night they had during the 6 shows I saw on the run. the first set lacked energy, and the second set, while it was much better just didn't do it for me like the others did. Warren did have a great second set IMO as others have said. I have enjoyed his playing on this run a lot.

Well that's my opinion of what I saw. I'd like to add that I really enjoyed catching both Blind Willie McTell's, 2 Liz Reed's, 2 Mountain Jam's, 2 Jessica's, and 3 smokin' Whipping Posts !

I had a blast at this run and seeing 6 shows in 9 days gave me the feeling of being there every night and had a chance to really watch the shows unfold.

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 02:14 PM
I went to 3 shows 11-15-18 and they were all great . I had great seats also
 

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I've been trying to decide how to post my opinion on the run for several days. Most of us either watched the shows live in person or on moogis and we all formed our opinions on what we liked and why. So my opinion isn't anything special, but maybe just for the fact of kind of reliving these phenomenal shows I'd like to submit my favorites and tell a story behind why I picked them.

First some of the most supreme highlights of the run for me were obviously bringing Kind of Bird back, alone with some great renditions of Jessica and Elizabeth Reed and I can't forget the Little Martha and Blue Sky mixture.

Additionally, BHW and ensuing Other One jam and Every Hungry Woman, Leave My Blues at Home and Dreams ofcourse rank high on my list no matter what night they are played. Rocking Horse and Woman Across the River are great these days too. Also, I really enjoyed Blind Willie McTell and Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City. Last but not least Mt Jam is always a welcome addition to the set list. I should note I've never completely warmed up to Egypt and Orpheo/Bag End. I can appreciate the direction the band takes in those songs, but they don't really influence the overall appeal of a show to me.

As for guests, I normally like appropriately selected horn players and a great keyboard player who can do things that Gregg either won't or doesn't. It takes something pretty special out of a guitar guest (like Junior Mack or Scott Sharrad this year) will get me excited considering that Derek and Warren are the absolute best in my book.

So now you know what kind of stuff I like I'll try to explain my choice of favorite shows this year.

There are 4 shows that I put in the best category:

3/13

Not every show sucks me in from the beginning, sometimes it takes awhile for it to really click with me. Not this show. Personally I love the way the band kind of intro jams into Done Somebody Wrong to start a show. And Derek was hitting homeruns early and often in this one. This AWTNM didn't suffer from the out of rhythm 3/18 version and ofcourse Derek brought down the house as he normally does in this song. Standback is another Derek specialty so his amazing ability was on display right out the gate with 3 straight fantastic songs.

I loved how they handle the beginning of Hoochie Coochie man. I liked the previous jamming intro, but think I like the slow tempo approach even better as we get plenty of cool jams throughout the shows. I always liked ABB doing Heart of Stone, so that is a bonus for me. Bag End doesn't influence my opinion much, but the next song does a bunch. I always love this band doing School Girl, but there is something extra special with Derek on this song, he just seems to be exploring and pushing boundries so much. I think it is a rather unique version which I loved. I liked the 3/19 version with Louis sitting in for Gregg, but listening to them one after the other I just kept saying wow on this 3/13 version. Watching on moogis my wife says "that sounds weird" I said yeah it is awesome. Great version of School Girl. And then the icing to one great first set is a WP first set closer, which I think I like better than WP show closer. And consider that this version didn't suffer from Gregg's opening stumbles on 3/20 is a bonus.

Set 2 is usually where the shows really take off, but I just loved this first set, probably more than any other of the run. So the show is only at the half way point and I'm already in love with it.

If the choice is Melissa, or Midnight Rider or an off the wall cover song with a guest or Little Martha>Blue Sky there is no doubt what I would pick. Fantastic. The 3/20 show had this same set opener and I loved it as well. They go right into Dreams and as I stated the night of the show, I would have preferred on this night that Derek get a shot just because he was on some other planet and I could only imagine what he would do to this song. But in reality I normally hope to get Warren on Dreams when I see the band live so I was plenty satisfied by this version. N1TRW is very good (especially when Gregg nails the lyrics as he did 3/13 and 3/20) then enters one of the better guests of the run, Bruce Katz. Sky is Crying might have been too slow of a change up for some, but not me, not this night. With Dreams and now Sky is Crying Warren is beginning to rival Derek for supremecy in my mind this evening. Bruce stays on for Liz Reed which is always phenominal in my book. Oteil had some real bright moments on the run and this night was one of them. Just some straight forward jamming before a tasty JaBuMaOt. I loved how the band brought it back around following the drums with a call and answer type session with Bruce on the keys. One Way Out encore wasn't anything to write home about, but I had already had a full dose of extra special stuff, an ordinary encore isn't going to dillute anything.

For 2nd place I have a tie between 3/15 and 3/20.

3/15
This was one of those shows that didn't click with me right away. It wasn't until Rocking Horse, but when the connection was made it was one memorable show. This is a great point in the evolution of Rocking Horse, which I think they were playing very similar late last year to the way it is now. But actually this song has never let me down eventhough I rarely get excited when it starts, but you're damn sure I'm pretty excited by the time it ends. So that was really the start of the show for me and what a great start it was. Gambler's Roll ranks high on my list and the fact that it isn't played a bunch makes it even better. Derek's guitar literally sounded like it was weeping at one point, just fantastic. Initially when I heard Only You Know and I Know it was kind of a low spot, but in rewatching the show I actually like it, but it is what happens next that really contributes to my love of this show.

They played Kind of Bird 3 times 3/11, 3/15 and 3/19. In going back to listen to them all again they are all really great on their own, without comparison any one of them is enough to illicit joy and amazement. But I must say 3/11 and 3/19 (although to a lesser degree), pale in comparison to what the band put down 3/15. I don't play music, I'm not really a music expert who can speak technically, but all I can say is wholly effin sh:t! This Kind of Bird is one magical piece of music. All I can say is listen to it. It leaves the kind of lasting impression that just makes you wish everyone in American could hear what these guys are playing. I like Danny Louis' play on the 3/19 version, he adds a little spice, but honestly, I think Gregg plays it great too and it is maybe more meaningful to me when Gregg is out there contributing to such an epic rendition rather than watching from back stage. Derek and Warren both on this 3/15 version are just I don't even know what, unbelievable. Ending a set following a song like that is like running a marathon without any cool down. Thus an inspired Statesboro with Derek on the slide duties and Gregg nailing this old stand by makes it a great first set send off.

For set 2, I'll have to admit while I like Melissa I don't get too excited about it. Good Clean Fun is a nice surprise every now and then, but not the kind of to write home about. That got fixed right quick with Black Hearted Woman and all the greatness that comes with it. I've heard much better versions of the Weight, but considering it was the only one of the entire run I suppose it makes it seem better than maybe it was.

Never fear, the band brings the show back to it's preestablished level of greatness with an Every Hungry Woman that has Derek and Warren trading licks just like I love them to do before a smooth fade out and some more Derek and Warren interplay. I think they might have climaxed the song more feverously before, but this one is pretty damn good too. Just so damn smooth.

The set closer is Jessica and some Jessica it was. I mean what can I say, you know what they do with these songs, Jessica rocks. I seriously doubt I've ever been disappointed when this lineup plays it, but how often do they do a full blown Will the Circle Be Unbroken? What a joy it is to hear. Fittingly Oteil follows it up with some beautiful 6 string solo action. It is almost like I was having a religious experience. Drums are what they are, if you are in the right mood for them it can be amazing, and ofcourse I was plenty in the mood for a laid back melloed out JaBuMaOt. This wasn't one of the hard driving drum features, it meshed and fit perfectly with the journey that the band has led us on. Derek and Warren come back out to kind of carefully wake me up from a dream and say, 'have a nice ride?' 'But we have some more work to do here.' And back into Jessica we go.

I always appreciate a different encore from the standard OWO, Southbound rotation, so You Don't Love me was definitely the icing on the cake for this show. The 3/20 YDLM encore seemed a bit rushed, but this one was allowed to unfold naturally. And closes out surely one of the top 3 shows of the run in my book.

3/20

I'm going to have to come back and finish this post tomorrow with final thoughts on the 3/20 show and a couple others.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2010 at 12:10 PM
Wow... cool comments, I can make tons ... and will.

But let me just put in this .02 = I didn't think the first night was bad, lame, or below average in anyway.

I used to feel in the 90's that the first few Beacon shows could be kinda sloppy and rusty. I think in recent years, they have blown me away with how powerful the first night of a Beacon run can be...

Obviously some things improved after the first night though.

Overall, I enjoyed this whole run more than last years. (Which I loved, but I think usually the less guests, the more I enjoy the show).

 

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  posted on 3/28/2010 at 02:31 PM
Now that the run is over and I have had a bit of time to reflect, I made it to three shows and listened to the CDs of another 2, this run was FANTASTIC! The change to the UPT threw a lot of people off, but the shows themselves were top notch. In some ways I felt these shows had a "back in time" feel to them as the crowd was really a very die-hard ABB group. The theatre was ornate but old, the crowd was passionate the "special guests" were minimized and the focus was on some great ABB music. I had a blast. Working out the logistics of getting to and from the show was not as easy as walking the 3 blocks from my apratment to the Beacon, but asside from that the UPT run is one of the most memorable, fun ABB runs I have been to in the last 15 or so years. I would be fine if they booked the UPT again next year, but hope they are back in my backyard at the Beacon.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 07:46 AM
Interesting posts by nebish and others, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

I'll have to come back to this, but I generally agree with nebish, except I might put 3/15 up at the very top. Kind Of Bird and Jessica alone make it worthy of the top spot.

 
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  posted on 3/30/2010 at 11:27 PM
I was fortunate enough to catch 3 of the 8. Living in Canada, I don't get to see my favorite band often enough. I thought Gregg sounded great, Warren & Derek are just amazing, Oteil was in top form...the drum solos were great too. Enjoyed the new venue too...just a great March of music!
 

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  posted on 3/31/2010 at 11:30 AM
The run was AWESOME. Flat out fantastic. I went to 3 nights. Tuesday being the best followed by Thursday and Friday. They had very few guests which was a nice change and they played some quality resurrected tunes.

So far I've purchased 3 of the Instant Lives, but will be buying the rest slowly. I'm only sad that they probably won't be returning.

 

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  posted on 3/31/2010 at 06:27 PM
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Wow... cool comments, I can make tons ... and will.

But let me just put in this .02 = I didn't think the first night was bad, lame, or below average in anyway.

I used to feel in the 90's that the first few Beacon shows could be kinda sloppy and rusty. I think in recent years, they have blown me away with how powerful the first night of a Beacon run can be...

Obviously some things improved after the first night though.

Overall, I enjoyed this whole run more than last years. (Which I loved, but I think usually the less guests, the more I enjoy the show).

last years first night on the 40th tour was excellant

 

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  posted on 4/5/2010 at 12:05 PM
Great comments from everyone - Thanks!

Since I only caught 1 show on 3/13, I'll pass on ratings (at least until I get copies of the entire run). I will say I agree with much of what Nebish has to say about the 3/13 show. I am a huge Derak fan and he did not disappoint that night. However, for shows I have been to, Warren's playing that night was some of the best from him that I've been fortunate enough to witness and hear.

[Edited on 4/5/2010 by whoknew]

 

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  posted on 4/6/2010 at 11:27 PM
I've wanted to revisit this thread, but got real busy and never got around to it. Alot of what I think I wanted to say has kind of left me now. I still stand by 3/13 as my favorite, but now I think I might put 3/15 in the solid #2 spot. Originally I was going to say 3/15 "2a" and 3/20 "2b".

It seems my favorite two complete shows are 3/13 and 3/15. The other shows I like alot I like for primarily the 2nd sets or more brief moments here and there.

At the time I remember thinking how fantastic the 2nd set was on 3/18 and actually I've watched it again since then and still think it is really really outstanding. But 2nd set to 2nd set, it is very tough and they are pretty different in style and sound obviously, but I'm going to say the 3/20 show trumps 3/18 as I think there is more stuff I like sprinkled in the 1st set of 3/20 to put it 3rd.

Honestly the slowed down Same Thing with Kofi on flute wasn't one of my absolute favorite highlight moments of the run, but I thought it was pretty enjoyable and cool none the less. The succession of that to Dreams with Bill Evans on sax to Liz Reed with Evans again and Kofi on keys and Oteil doing his thing on bass on that one made it all pretty special. I wish they might have left off Preachin Blues in order to devote more time to YDLM, but all in all nothing much to complain about in this 2nd set. Throw in Little Martha>Blue Sky and N1TRW...that was one hell of a set.

I'll take the 3/20 1st set over the 3/18 1st set even with Gregg's fumbling on the opening of WP. I think the AWTNM from 3/18 was a worse moment. And getting Blind Willie McTell and All My Friends, Woman Across the River and some other good stuff solidifies 3/20 at #3.

On to 3/18, if there were stronger moments of the 1st set it would be really hard to put this show at 4th because how great the 2nd set was. Like I mentioned the out-of-rhythm AWTNM hurts a bit and I prefered Susan singing Coming Home over Warren. But I did really really enjoy the set from Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City to the end. I really like how they played that song this year and always loved them doing Into the Mystic. Scott Sharrard was a very good guest to close down the set with YDLM.

Melissa is never a throw-away, I shouldn't even use that term, but for the 3/18 2nd set it was kind of forgettable considering what was ahead. It kind of really begins with Mt Jam part 1 that fades down into Desdemona with Jay on sax. It is great seeing some new very talented horn players take a swing at some songs, but there is something comforting about having a guy like Jay (or Ron) who has been guesting with the band for many years now. So I like what he added to Desdemona and WP alot. I've never heard WP with sax before, so that alone kind of stood out. Before that the BHW>Mt Jam Re and all that came in between that was pretty amazing to me. No doubt from Mt Jam to WP probably one of the best if not the best continuous hour and half of the entire run. Even like on the 3/13 or 3/15 shows which I rated higher didn't have anything that comes close to matching a nonstop 90 minute segment like that.

5th I'd put 3/19. First set was very good, with some relatively unique stuff since it contained the only WW and Soulshine of the run. Danny Louis is always a welcomed guest, especially when him and Gregg are out there together. I probably would have preferred Gregg stuck around for the KOB, but of course Danny did just fine by himself. Still like the 3/15 KOB best and 3/13 School Girl better though.

I didn't care for Bramhall's contribution to the 2nd set, actually I felt it was a waste of time. Meet Me at the Bottom was cool for a while, but it dragged on and didn't seem to have any direction, just kind of meandered around to the point that I was like, "ok time to move onto something else" while they were still playing it. That time could have been filled with something better. But Dreams was of course good and this was the only straight Derek Dreams since Warren got it on 3/13 and they shared duties with the Evans on sax 3/20. Even if you prefer other singers than Oteil and Warren on Anyday that song had a great spots by Warren and Derek that would make anyone take notice. I actually like Oteil and Warren on vocal duties so it was a bonus for me to have them sing it rather than a guest. It was great to see Jr Mack as a guest on Stormy Monday, although I wonder if they could have pulled off something even more special had Derek remained out there for that one, but a very good Stormy Monday at any rate.

A couple really big highlights from the run and for me one of them was Jessica no matter which night they played it, it was fantastic. They all have some uniqueness to them from 3/11 to 3/15 to this 3/19 one. I don't really know if I like the 3/15 one best of this one because Chris Jensen playing sax made it pretty special and very memorable. The encore wasn't anything that special, again with Bramhall, I'm just not sure what he brought to the table. Post show in the moogis chat somebody said that they thought Doyle was holding back because he either couldn't hear his set-up or wasn't happy with it's sound so he played reserved a bit. That could be. I feel bad being down on his guest spot because I liked him with Roger Waters and Eric Clapton, but again I just didn't feel he really contributed much and kind of holds this show back a bit from being a tad higher perhaps.

So I rank my favorite shows as:

1. 3/13
2. 3/15
3. 3/20
4. 3/18
5. 3/19

I should say that the moogis freeze fest from 3/11 never allowed me to really form a proper opinion of that show. I've rewatched pieces of it, but it isn't the same when you can skip around compared to watching live.

I've been playing the 3/11 and 3/12 audio recordings in the shop, but it is hard to listen to them with the proper attention out there. I could very easy be unjustly discounting them, but overall I didn't think they stood out enough to put them in the top 5. And for 3/16, I think it falls somewhere after the top 5 as well.

[Edited on 4/7/2010 by nebish]

 

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  posted on 4/19/2010 at 08:27 PM
I was at 6 shows in 2009 at Beacon and 5 at United Palace - didn't realize I'm that much of a fan! Anyway, the United Palace shows were amazing, and I sort of think it's because they didn't have so many guests to take care of, they just played. These guys are amazing.
 
 


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