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  posted on 3/29/2004 at 08:10 PM
Hey all-
A nice review of 3/18 from industry mag variety...

As the Allman Brothers' yearly spring stand at the Beacon Theater has evolved, the vibe has grown increasingly comfortable, with fans knowing pretty much what to expect on any given night. If the 10-date stint's first night is any indication, however, the Allmans seem to have rethought things, augmenting the meat and potatoes with a healthy dose of the unexpected.
Unlike in recent years, the sextet didn't exhibit any rust on the first night of the stand, ripping right into a lengthy, exploratory version of the instrumental "Mountain Jam." That segued immediately into the evening's first surprise, a menacing take on Doctor John's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters," replete with the requisite second-line percussion needed to bolster the Crescent City favorite.

While Gregg Allman was in good voice throughout, the linchpin in the band's jams was guitarist Warren Haynes, who laced "Trouble No More" and ".44 Blues" (which he also sang) with fired-up blues runs. He was counterbalanced nicely by the slide guitar of Derek Trucks, whose playing was considerably more cerebral than that of any of his predecessors in that spot.

Trucks brought a jazzy touch to "Black Hearted Woman" and "Key to the Highway," which ended the first set. That song was further enlivened by the presence of Chris Robinson, who traded verses with Allman and blew some surprisingly strong harmonica.

Perf's second set was equally far-flung: While an opening "Wasted Words" petered out rather quickly -- none of the musicians seemed eager to step up and carry the song onward -- the band hit its stride again on "Woman Across the River," which Allman imbued with palpable ache.

Many of the ABB's better-known songs -- "Blue Sky" and "Jessica" chief among them -- were MIA, since they're the purview of the less-than-amicably departed Dickey Betts. But the band made a clever decision in replacing them not with new material but with extended runs through vintage material that's long been shelved.

Best of that lot was a rendition of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue" -- an early '70s Allmans staple that Trucks revived in his eponymous band. He took charge of the song here, punctuating the lush rhythms with gentle fretwork recalling Brazil's finest guitarists. And even though it clocked in at over 20 minutes -- including an extended percussion workout -- the song, like most of the surrounding set, positively defied any clock-watching urges.




 
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  posted on 3/29/2004 at 11:54 PM
Nice article. Tha allmans played afro blue in the early 70's?
 

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  posted on 3/30/2004 at 12:14 AM
and when is the 10th show? or is that a reference to the Conan O'Brien appearance?
 

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  posted on 3/30/2004 at 12:44 AM
When did Gregg start singing "Woman Across The River"?
 

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  posted on 3/30/2004 at 01:09 AM
If you're going to give an example of how Derek adds a jazzy feel to the band, don't you think you could use a better example than Black Hearted Woman, considering he doesn't even solo on it? Maybe Illness, Rockin' Horse?
 

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  posted on 3/30/2004 at 01:28 AM
And I seem to recall the band breaking out a bunch of new songs last year, too.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2004 at 02:36 AM
While we'er at it Ilness ended the 1st set

 

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  posted on 3/30/2004 at 11:56 AM
[They were a sextet that night? Who was missing?


They must have missed Jamioe hiding behind his drum kit.He can be hard to see.

[Edited on 3/30/2004 by paulzavodnyik]

[Edited on 3/30/2004 by paulzavodnyik]

 

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