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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 10:12 PM
What are everyone's thoughts on Kofi? I think he is absolutely nasty, and really think he should be highlighted more in the DTB, and should guest more with the ABB. He's also a really nice guy.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 10:14 PM
He's not highlighted enough? I think he is. Flute solos, Keys are loud enough for me, I think Count M'butu and Todd are more in need of light than Kofi. He's a hell of a great guy too, always greets ya with a warm vibe.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 10:17 PM
Kofi is da man

 

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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 10:19 PM
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I think Count M'butu and Todd are more in need of light than Kofi


I agree, I recently got some 2003 and 2004 shows and there were a lot more bass solos for Todd back then. Love ya Kofi!

 

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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 10:20 PM
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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 10:53 PM
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He's not highlighted enough? I think he is. Flute solos, Keys are loud enough for me, I think Count M'butu and Todd are more in need of light than Kofi. He's a hell of a great guy too, always greets ya with a warm vibe.
I agree with this a little. I have been going to see the DTB for about 9 years now and 94 shows later, there could be a little more Todd and now the Count out there on occasional nights. Todd used to sing sometimes, not just background, but he doesn't like it much so he doesn't do it now. If you pay attention at the shows and on the CD's Todd gets at least two good solos in every show.
The Count is getting a lot more exposure in the past year and a half, and he is growing into the band quite nicely. A very nice man he is!
Kofi is my friend and I love him dearly. I have watched him evolve with this band since he became a member in 99 and he has played beyond what I could have ever imagined he was capable of. One thing he said to me that was funny, "Pam, you have been coming to see the DTB longer than I have been in the band!"

The DTB is a fairly equal band if you think about it as a group and you listen to the shows. Some nights you're going to hear more Kofi and other nights more Todd. The best thing is you never know what to expect on any given night what could happen.

[Edited on 4/5/2006 by Pam]

 

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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 11:04 PM
somenights you get the count dancing with an umbrella
 

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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 11:08 PM
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somenights you get the count dancing with an umbrella


Which was one of the low points of the Ithaca show for me.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2006 at 11:42 PM
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The DTB is a fairly equal band if you think about it as a group and you listen to the shows. Some nights you're going to hear more Kofi and other nights more Todd. The best thing is you never know what to expect on any given night what could happen.



I have to agree with Pam, pretty much. 94 shows! ... I've barely seen 9.4, guess i'm still a dTbaby! lol At the Athens & Maryville shows I saw last weekend, I thought Kofi was given plenty of space to show his skills on keys & flute & he did a good job at doing so. IF he was a coffee beverage in Athens, guess he'd a been a quadruple shot espresso! Kofi's Athens funky keyboard solo went through the roof & at the end of it Derek, who had stopped playing by this point, just through his head back with a big smile and burst into a laugh. Kofi knew he had struck gold with that solo when the audience erupted into applause even before his solo ended, and he stood and through his leather hat up & it landed up in the lights - thats when Derek & the rest of the band burst into laughter. He may have shined on flute a little bit more than keys in Maryville. And Todd got bass solos in, both nights with a monster bass solo in Athens. If you can't tell by now, Athens was a SICK show in every way! What I would like to hear, is the Count a little higher in the mix, not necessarily more solos from him, it's just that there were times during some songs when his playing could hardly be heard. I DO love what the Count has brought to the band though.

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[Edited on 4/5/2006 by MusicCityBluesBro]

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 12:02 AM
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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 08:26 AM
I love Kofi!!! Of course I love the whole band, but Kofi's my second favorite member after that blonde haired kid who plays the guitar. He's also my favorite Burbridge, lol. Not that I don't love Oteil, I do, it's just that Kofi is a little more outgoing where Oteil seems more guarded at times. I'm talking offstage with that, onstage Oteil seems much more animated to me, where Kofi has a much cooler groove going.

I agree with Vin in that Kofi could be highlighted a bit more, I would prefer that to be with the keyboards and not the flute. I think there's usually enough flute but the keyboard parts could be stretched a bit more. I guess his flute time ultimately takes away from his keyboard time, after all it's not the Kofi Burbridge band (now there's a thought).

I saw a smokin' bass solo at Westhampton Beach last summer which was the last bass solo I saw for another four shows. I asked Todd about that after that fourth show and he said they were trying to get away from the individual solo thing and play as more of band. OK, fine. I did mention they had the two shows in one night at the Imac coming up and perhaps they could fit one in there, lol. Instead we got a bass solo at each show!

As far as the Count goes, I get enough of him already, I don't see the need to highlight him any further. He's there to accentuate the bands sound and does that quite well, but he's not set up like Marc is and he does get to sing Hook and Sling quite often (too often for my taste) so any additional time he takes up would be taken away from someone else unless they play longer.

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 08:30 AM
This goes without sayin', Kofi kicks @ss, love the jammin' back and forth between Him and Derek playin' live .....Peace....joe
 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 08:49 AM
kofi rocks!!!

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 11:02 AM
Kofi is awsome, but todd is the man. hes the coolest, you don't even know.





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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 11:38 AM
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He's not highlighted enough? I think he is. Flute solos, Keys are loud enough for me, I think Count M'butu and Todd are more in need of light than Kofi. He's a hell of a great guy too, always greets ya with a warm vibe.


I think he is too, Todd needs to be more highlighted I think. The Count is the man though.. All very nice guys

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 02:53 PM
Pam, you summed it up. I'd have to agree that I think it's pretty equal, you hear more from the band than just Derek. I love when Todd sings, lights everyone up

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 02:58 PM
Kofi is AMAZING. Actually, just the fact that he wrote "Like Anyone Else" is amazing. (I love that tune)

I can see where people might feel he needs to be highlighted more. However, I think it was FROGWINGS where he was WAY too in the background. A lot of people would say once Popper joined, that pushed Kofi back, but I thought he was way too in the background even with McCain...

Sometimes I feel like maybe Kofi doesn't like to take too much of the spotlight...

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 03:09 PM
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Which was one of the low points of the Ithaca show for me.


along with your pix of said show..........

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 03:21 PM
Thats Koooofi, is definitely a big influence. He and his whole family are super nice. Actually eveyone in this band is supernice........Dont see that much anymore

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 03:24 PM
I've only seen DTB four times, and Kofi has blown me away every time. Basically I can't get enough of the dude, in my opinion he's just a monster, and a big reason DTB is so great. Not to mention his vocals, which are cool and soulful. February 2005 the great jazz organist Jimmy Smith had died only a day or two before DTB's show at The Belly Up Lounge near San Diego.........they did a tribute to Smith, and man, there musta been smoke coming outta Kofi's B-3..........he showed he can really tear it up, just like he does on other keyboards and flute.

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 03:45 PM

If you really want to see Kofi shine, you need to check out the Yonrico Scott Band. They are a three-piece, straight-ahead jazz trio that can play with ANYONE.

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 03:55 PM
having Kofi in the band is like having Herbie Mann, Bernie Worrell, Jimmy Smith and McCoy Tyner in the band! I just hope he cuts us guitar players a break and doesn't take THAT up. too!

 

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  posted on 4/5/2006 at 03:55 PM
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somenights you get the count dancing with an umbrella


Which was one of the low points of the Ithaca show for me.


along with your pix of said show..........



Your problem is you just don't 'get' Mr Laxton's work. Anybody could post pictures of Derek playing guitar or Kofi playing the flute, and then when one looks at said picture they think "that's a nice picture" and off they go.

When one looks at Ron's DTB photo's they think "WHOA....what's this??!!" Now they're not looking at a simple picture of a man holding a guitar, they're peering into the darkness...they're looking into space....nothingness....they're looking inside the man's soul...they're getting a glimpse of eternity!!! It takes a master photographer to pull that off my friend.

 

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somenights you get the count dancing with an umbrella


Which was one of the low points of the Ithaca show for me.


along with your pix of said show..........



Your problem is you just don't 'get' Mr Laxton's work. Anybody could post pictures of Derek playing guitar or Kofi playing the flute, and then when one looks at said picture they think "that's a nice picture" and off they go.

When one looks at Ron's DTB photo's they think "WHOA....what's this??!!" Now they're not looking at a simple picture of a man holding a guitar, they're peering into the darkness...they're looking into space....nothingness....they're looking inside the man's soul...they're getting a glimpse of eternity!!! It takes a master photographer to pull that off my friend.


Meet my new publicist, Ozzypie.

 

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