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  posted on 3/17/2011 at 01:37 PM
Hey folks, some of you may know I write for American Blues News and I usually write a review in each Hittin' The Note magazine (the latest has my review of Lucinda Williams' Blessed). I recently learned that my webhost offers Wordpress for blogging so I added a blog to my website. Today I wrote an essay about the Fillmore East anniversary and my experience. I thought some of you might enjoy it so I'm sharing the link.

http://jimkanavy.com/wordsandmusic/?p=118

Thanks,
Jim

 

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  posted on 3/17/2011 at 05:29 PM
Jim...Great job.

Some of your discriptions are worthty or repeating....

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The music is exploratory, dynamic, intense and always sounds fresh


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This year the band performed the At Fillmore East album as their first set. This was not a mere replication of the time-honored music created on those nights 40 years past. It was a continuation of the experiment.


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By the time Duane Allman plays the theme from “Joy To The World,” it’s like a sunrise glowing over the the wreckage of the apocalypse.



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it was the exploratory cataclysmic version found on At Fillmore East that dropped jaws and melted faces. It was like eating the forbidden fruit of improvisational music.


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The knowledge could never be unlearned and the innocence of pop music was gone forever once you heard Duane Allman and Dickey Betts bring jazz, latin music, and swing into the rock context; especially with the mastery displayed in twelve minutes of amazing playing captured on tape.


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The six members of the band played as one giant instrument. The jams aren’t fragmented as they are on other songs. Each man propels the others forward like waves of the ocean casting a navy toward a foreign coast.


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By the time they finished a scorching “Hot ‘lanta,” a rift in the time-space continuum had opened and through the chasm, the power of “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” was unleashed. The modern band has the added power of percussionist Marc Quinones who has been with the band for 20 years. His contribution cannot be denied.


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The drum section is twelve-limbed beast that can put fear in the hearts of men, but for the front line of this band it is exactly the engine they need to soar into the way-out-o-sphere and beyond.


 

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  posted on 3/17/2011 at 05:58 PM
Thanks!

 

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  posted on 3/17/2011 at 06:25 PM
Really fine article, Jim ... informative and personal and passionate.
Thank you for posting the link.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2011 at 06:44 PM
Thanks for reading it. I'm glad you liked it.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2011 at 08:33 PM
Jim, excellent article. Extremely well-written and, as the others have said, very passionate as well.

I especially liked what you said about your wife saying you don't listen to concerts like normal people do.....man, can I relate to that. Neither do I....

 

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Jim, excellent article. Extremely well-written and, as the others have said, very passionate as well.

I especially liked what you said about your wife saying you don't listen to concerts like normal people do.....man, can I relate to that. Neither do I....


I'm a big Billy Joel fan and we went to see him. I've liked his music since I was about 10 years old but had never seen him live. Everybody is singing along and dancing and I'm standing there watching and listening intently, like I'm studying and that's when she said, like a revelation of some sort "You don't enjoy concerts like everyone else." I had to laugh.

 

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Jim, excellent article. Extremely well-written and, as the others have said, very passionate as well.

I especially liked what you said about your wife saying you don't listen to concerts like normal people do.....man, can I relate to that. Neither do I....


I'm a big Billy Joel fan and we went to see him. I've liked his music since I was about 10 years old but had never seen him live. Everybody is singing along and dancing and I'm standing there watching and listening intently, like I'm studying and that's when she said, like a revelation of some sort "You don't enjoy concerts like everyone else." I had to laugh.


That's why I usually wind up sitting by myself....well, that and I usually wind up getting a better seat when I buy a single....

 

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  posted on 3/17/2011 at 09:06 PM
Very nice article Jim. I liked the story of your finding a random disc and discovering such an absolute gem. I like the studiousness of your concert-watching; I usually go between that (I must witness everything!) and closing eyes and grooving out. It's such a struggle as to which is right.

In anticipation of the show last Sat, I put on my now 37 year-old copy of AFE early last week. Even w/ the pops and scratches, it is still magnificent.

I was told about the record by a kid at school in 1974, and even though I was in GA, I had barely heard of the ABB at the time. I was amazed from the first spin on the folks' console stereo. To hear it live in its entirety all these years later was such a thrill, one that does not come often to someone getting close to four times the age of a 14 year old.

Still, I liked 3-11 better! From start to finish, possibly the best ABB show I've seen.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2011 at 09:19 PM
I was somewhat hoping they weren't going to play the album but mark it some other way but after witnessing it live I'm glad they did it. I agree that 3/11 was a great show.

@brofan - I've gone to many shows alone. I just sit or stand and study. I interviewed Smokin' Joe Kubek recently and he said "you're a guitar player aren't you?" I guess my questions gave it away.

 

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I was somewhat hoping they weren't going to play the album but mark it some other way but after witnessing it live I'm glad they did it. I agree that 3/11 was a great show.

@brofan - I've gone to many shows alone. I just sit or stand and study. I interviewed Smokin' Joe Kubek recently and he said "you're a guitar player aren't you?" I guess my questions gave it away.


Pretty cool. Smokin' Joe (I actually prefer him to the other Smokin' Joe, Bonamassa) is excellent and very underappreciated..and his sidekick, Bnois King, is no slouch, either.

LOVE those Texas guitar slingers....

 

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