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  posted on 8/25/2008 at 12:29 PM
I presume this is the review that soulstew2 was referring to in his post to the Derek's brother thread. It's content deserves it's own thread.

While I prefer Derek and Susan's individual bands to Soul Stew, I must have been to the other show that Soul Stew did that same night in the same venue...

Concert Review: Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks at Hampton Beach
Let's hear it for the conga player
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By Chris Elliott
August 07, 2008 6:00 AM

All summer I have been reviewing one show a week at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. When selecting which shows to review, I have tried not to pick what is most likely going to be the best show that particular week. Rather, I select a broad cross-section of music and comedy, and try to review a certain percentage of relatively unknown acts that have some kind of national buzz.

This past week, I threw all of that out the window and picked a show that I was honestly excited about seeing, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. For those of you not familiar with them, Tedeschi is a fantastic blues singer and guitarist, absolutely on a par with Bonnie Raitt in both of those areas. Trucks is the nephew of Allman Brothers original drummer Butch Trucks, and later filled Duane Allman's huge shoes as the Allman Brothers' slide guitarist. He has played with Phil Lesh and Friends, Eric Clapton and numerous other great touring acts, and is one the 20 most popular working guitarists in the country right now. Tedeschi and Trucks are also married.
CONCERT REVIEW

Derek Trucks Band with

Susan Tedeschi

Aug. 1

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

You would think that two musicians of this caliber going out on tour together as a family for the first time would generate magic on stage. Wrong-o, mister. I was very disappointed in this concert.

First of all, the band has tremendous superfluity in its design. There is a weak percussionist on stage named Count M'Butu. The sound engineer seemed to recognize that he can barely play, and he could not be heard at all throughout the performance. I mean zero, zip, zilch, nada. A cardboard cutout of a conga player could have been on stage and it would have sounded the same.

Even though you couldn't hear him at all, I know that he is a weak player because of having played with dozens of fantastic hand drummers over the years. I know what good conga technique looks like. You find a player of this caliber at any Latin jam session in any small city. What a pointless piece of instrumentation in putting together a blues band.

Second problem. Derek Trucks' 18-year old brother was playing second drum set. The band had an excellent, professional drummer in Yonrico Scott, but apparently just so this kid could get some stage experience, big brother is taking him out on tour. It made mud of the rhythmic underpinnings of the entire show. Not on my nickel, Bucko. This kid can practice and tour and play dives like everyone else does at his age. Do not attempt to sell a $35 general admission ticket and a $60 table up front ticket so your little brother can work his chops. Absolutely bogus.

Third problem. The horn section. This show drags a three-piece horn section consisting of tenor sax, trombone and trumpet all over the country, but I don't know if they were good players or not, because again, they were barely in the mix. The tenor player took a couple of lead breaks, and my assessment of him was that he was a very average soloist, and even then he was low in the mix.

Let's rip the whole band a fresh one, shall we? The organ/piano player was likewise average. Average, average, average. Nothing special about him at all. You'll find a player of his caliber on any cruise ship playing Satin Doll and Girl From Ipanema for Farah stretch pant-wearing toupee guys and their costume jewelry wives with beehive hairdos and enough Nina Ricci perfume to choke a herd of elk.

The bass player was more than decent and did not offend me in particular, and there was an excellent male vocalist with the band named Mike Mattison, who did a fantastic job. His own group opened the show and was frankly more cohesive and entertaining than the main course.

The stars of the show were great. Tedeschi was in fine voice, she played beautifully and Trucks was his usual powerhouse self, super accurate and clean, no clinks and clanks at all, with a gorgeous round tone and an impeccable feel. He is truly one of the all time great slide guitarists. They played a varied set, mining tunes from their own catalogs, alongside several Clapton sketches including "Any Day, Anyway" and "Tell the Truth." They did a fine job on Muddy Waters' "I Wants to Be Loved."

The band was poorly designed from the ground up (superfluous percussionist and second drummer along with an underutilized three-piece horn section), and it was altogether not a tight, crisp, well-rehearsed band. It was great to hear Tedeschi sing and it was great to hear Trucks play, but I would rather have heard either of them playing in their own respective, well-rehearsed groups.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2008 at 01:10 PM
Oh yeah...THAT's the one all right...nice huh? Let's just say it's a good thing I only sent an email to the newspaper that published that review and didn't follow with snail mail because I would hate to be responsible for a whole post office burning to the ground with the flames shooting out of my response. LOL


 

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  posted on 8/25/2008 at 01:34 PM
I suppose this is the same jackass in '99 that thought Derek was only in the ABB because of uncle Butch. The Count, weak? This guy has clearly never seen a DTB or ARU show. Kofi average? I guess thats why Derek says he is the most musically insane person he has ever played with (or something along those lines), again obviously never seen a DTB or ARU show. Just when you think you've read the biggest crock some other know nothing journalist comes out of the woodwork. I wish I could get a fat salary to see great shows and insult talented musicians that I have no knowledge of.

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  posted on 8/25/2008 at 01:39 PM
WHat a stupid idiot. If you can find a Kofi Burbridge on any cruise ship, then give me the location of that boat. I want to go and see if I can get them to play in my band.
 

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  posted on 8/25/2008 at 01:51 PM
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WHat a stupid idiot. If you can find a Kofi Burbridge on any cruise ship, then give me the location of that boat. I want to go and see if I can get them to play in my band.


LOL!!! That's easy!
http://www.bluescruise.com/

But it looks like you will be waitlisted at any price level...

 

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  posted on 8/25/2008 at 02:03 PM
Also I guess that a lot of weak drummers like Duane can really nail those Miles Davis and Coltrane songs. Those are really good songs for beginners to start with. hahahaha
 

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  posted on 8/25/2008 at 03:16 PM
Could have sworn Duane was 19 but Chris Elliot obviously knows his stuff. Maybe he was talking about the show where Derek brought up Duane on his 9th birthday?
 

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  posted on 8/26/2008 at 05:58 AM
Sad, truly sad...

I am on that wait list for the cruise... I can only hope that people will cancel!!!

 

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  posted on 8/26/2008 at 08:30 AM
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Sad, truly sad...

I am on that wait list for the cruise... I can only hope that people will cancel!!!


I know someone who might be willing to share their room...hehehe...

 

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  posted on 8/26/2008 at 08:58 AM
This guy wants to come across as an expert on percussion, and he calls Count Mbutu a "conga player" who could be found in any "Latin jam session"?

Those aren't congas, dumbass, they are African drums. Count Mbutu isn't a Latin player, he comes from an African percussion tradition. Maybe his "conga technique" was lacking because he wasn't playing congas, you arrogant idiot!

Kofi is a musical genius from the mighty Burbridge bloodline, and this review ends up telling you more about this reviewer's ignorance than it does about the show.

Nothing worse than a know-it-all who actually knows nothing.

 
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  posted on 8/26/2008 at 09:27 AM
I hear ya Rob!

Alan, about that shared room??? Who with??

 

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  posted on 8/26/2008 at 10:05 AM
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I hear ya Rob!

Alan, about that shared room??? Who with??


You didn't read the hehehe ... of my post- that should tell you.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2008 at 12:27 PM
Hehehehe... hmmmm, did I just get lucky??? Who are you going with??

 

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  posted on 8/26/2008 at 01:11 PM
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Hehehehe... hmmmm, did I just get lucky??? Who are you going with??


I would live to go, but it's not in the cards... come on now, you know who else is available...

 

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Hehehehe... hmmmm, did I just get lucky??? Who are you going with??


I would live to go, but it's not in the cards... come on now, you know who else is available and would love to have you as a roommate....

 

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Hehehehe... hmmmm, did I just get lucky??? Who are you going with??


I would live to go, but it's not in the cards... come on now, you know who else is available...


Who I believe you are talking about is not available! They are involved with someone and I wouldn't be surprised if she's with him!

 

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  posted on 8/26/2008 at 04:43 PM
Holt, I know very little about playing kit drums, and I've never played with Duane Trucks.

I've played hand percussion for 15 years, and I've played with Count several times and consider him to be a great player, so I get a little defensive when people knock him.

When it comes to kit drums, I'm not as knowledgeable. My impression of Soul Stew Revival is that it is like a "big band," so it seems that having more drummers makes sense, because they are going for a "big" sound. That is just my layman's opinion, nothing more.

That's all I can really say about Duane's playing. If I went any farther, I'd be just like the guy who wrote this review, pontificating about things I know nothing about.

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  posted on 8/26/2008 at 08:11 PM
Rob, I am beginning to think that holt is more concerned with proving you wrong, than he is with Duane's importance to the DTB. Quite frankly, I don't think that anything we think would have much cause/effect on the way Derek or any of the other members feel about Duane's place in the band. We love it, and it's ok if Holt doesn't. That is all!

 

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Rob, I am beginning to think that holt is more concerned with proving you wrong, than he is with Duane's importance to the DTB. Quite frankly, I don't think that anything we think would have much cause/effect on the way Derek or any of the other members feel about Duane's place in the band. We love it, and it's ok if Holt doesn't. That is all!


I don't think that's what Holt is about... Rob has posted previously about the difference between Latin and African percussion and related matters, so I think Holt is just looking for an educated opinion.

Anyway Duane is not in the DTB- the article is about Soul Stew.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 11:14 AM
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This guy wants to come across as an expert on percussion, and he calls Count Mbutu a "conga player" who could be found in any "Latin jam session"?

Those aren't congas, dumbass, they are African drums. Count Mbutu isn't a Latin player, he comes from an African percussion tradition. Maybe his "conga technique" was lacking because he wasn't playing congas, you arrogant idiot!




Rob, I agree that this critic sounds like a bitter, jealous, wanna be, "shoulda been" jerk, but in his defense, Count DOES play Congas. Per the DTB website:

Songlines (2006)

Derek Trucks -- guitar & dobro
Todd Smallie -- bass & vocals
Yonrico Scott -- drums, percussion & vocals
Kofi Burbridge -- keyboards, flute & vocals
Mike Mattison - vocals
Count M'Butu - congas & percussion


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  posted on 8/28/2008 at 05:05 PM
Count definitely plays congas. Nice ones...and VERY well.
 

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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 09:20 AM
I was thinking of the African drums that Count plays, which look a good deal like congas, but are not the same thing at all. Whenever I think of him, I think of those drums, mainly because I covet them desperately What great tone those drums have!

He does certainly play congas, and many other drums. Sorry if I was a bit hasty in my response, but as I said, having played with Count before, I'm quick to jump to his defense.
He may not be the flashiest player, but as anybody who ever saw him play with Jeff Sipe in ARU can testify, he is a fantastic percussionist.

Anybody who can hang with ARU in their glory days is a great musician. Period.

 
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