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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 06:43 AM
I think he kind of got over shadowed by the guitar work last night, I'd like to see him get more of a chance to share lyrics with EC. Gregg stayed in the background last night and it really shocked me that Danny Louis and not Gregg played the coda on Layla.
 
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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 07:21 AM
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I think he kind of got over shadowed by the guitar work last night, I'd like to see him get more of a chance to share lyrics with EC. Gregg stayed in the background last night and it really shocked me that Danny Louis and not Gregg played the coda on Layla.


This surprised me as well. Gregg has sounded really good vocally and his organ is usually high in the mix giving the band more of that Duane era sound. He is the major reason I like the ABB today so I would like to see him get more of the focus. This should be more of his show.

Ideally six musicians should have taken the stage. Clapton and Derek on guitars, Jaimore and Butch on drums, and Gregg on keys and lead vocals. Oteil would be on bass. Let them run through Statesboro and OWO and Stormy Monday with just two guitars and Gregg wailing the blues.

Three guitars adds too much of a clutter and Warren has come to dominate the band in many ways.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 07:33 AM
I agree it was almost like as soon as Clapton came out Greg left the show. I feel he should have harmonized as well during Little Wing and the Piano for Layla should have also been left for Greg...

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 07:34 AM
That's funny, I thouight that Greg drew most of the spotlight in the first set. I really felt, that up until Clapton came out, it was Greg's night, his playing and singing were great. Greg should of had a few more verseson Key to the Highway, but really, when Clapton came out, it became all about guitars.
 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 07:39 AM
I noticed that too. He does need to step up a little more tonight. He has been amazing this run! But when Clapton came out, what did you expect?

As for Warren dominating..... He's more of a leader, a conductor. Someone has to give the cues and counts. If you ever played in a band you would understand. Can't have too many chefs in the kitchen, its best to have one. Bit if you look in the background, Otiel really is the mastermind behind the improvs. He sets the tone, the direction the guitars go.

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:07 AM
Gregg was the highlight of the first set. The first set was all Brothers...

If Gregg felt compelled to let EC get the most spotlight time in the second set, which in my opinion, EC was blending in with his surroundings and being a team player, that was Gregg's way of being the gracious host. I don't see a need to be critical about it.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:15 AM
EC on "Dreams" was fantastic!

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:16 AM
I don't think I was being critical about it. I guess the main thing that got me was Danny Louis getting the spotlight on the coda to Layla instead of Gregg.

Gregg was playing the part of the gracious host, but I just wanted to hear him more in the set with EC.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:24 AM
Not sure anyone was being critical. Just pointing out the obvious. In the past Gregg has let other keyboard players take the solos whenever possible and Warren do a lot of singing with the ABB. There was a reason for that. Now Gregg is back at almost full strength and he doesn't need that back-up any longer.

Both Derek and Doyle moved to the background when Winwood sat in with Clapton. Derek has already played with Clapton on tour and so there is no real novelty there. It would have been nice--as it is the Allman Brothers band--to have Gregg featured like Winwood was.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:28 AM
loved Gregg last nite as in all the previous nites--voice was superb & B-3 was in my moogis mix quite nicely....
 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:30 AM
And I'm not being critical when I talk about being critical of Gregg.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:35 AM
I want to hear Gregg and EC share vocals more. You have two of the most distinct voices in rock history, I'd like to hear more of them together.
 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:36 AM
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I want to hear Gregg and EC share vocals more. You have two of the most distinct voices in rock history, I'd like to hear more of them together.
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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:37 AM
It's the mark of a great musician to know when to step up or step back. There have been many guests previously that either had a history w/ Gregg and/or Warren. Last night was Derek's guest, so I thought both Warren and Gregg stepped back just the right amount. It was a perfect team effort.
 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:39 AM
I agree he took a bit of a back seat, but in a run this long, let him rest those pipes a little bit!

I thought the harmonizing he and Clapton did on one song (can't remember which, maybe Little Wing?) was really cool.

But, last night was amazing. I can only imagine how sick it was to be there....kinda like winning the lottery.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:40 AM
Agreed, Brock. I thought EC was a nice fit. He was a team player on Dreams. Dreams was....dreamy. Loved how well ABB covered all the Layla songs. They can back EC (and visa versa) any time!

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:40 AM
I truly don't get this thread and find it a bit puzzling. Gregg has been a monster this entire run and has been very active in the jamming for each show. He has been vibrant and really adding colour to every song and every Jam. Last Saturdays Jazz-infused show was a perfect example that I got to witness in person. He was truly amazing that night, I kid you not. He was right there in the middle of it all night long. He was downright tasty!

There is a whole stage full of World Class musicians on stage at any given moment. What do you want Gregg to do, jump up and down and say "I want more solos!" or "Why is Danny playing on the "Layla" Coda, I want to play it, its my band!" or raise his hand up and yell "Ooooh ooooh, I'm over here!" Jeeeeeezus, really. There are 15 shows with hundreds of songs being played. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to have their moments to shine and Gregg has been shining like The North Star thus far. Everyone needs to know when to step up and when to step back or it all becomes clutter in a band this size. Gregory is humble, he is a gentleman and he is having the time of his life in honor of his Brother. Do you think he cares about showing off more? What more do you want the man to do?





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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:47 AM
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I truly don't get this thread and find it a bit puzzling. Gregg has been a monster this entire run and has been very active in the jamming for each show. He has been vibrant and really adding colour to every song and every Jam. Last Saturdays Jazz-infused show was a perfect example that I got to witness in person. He was truly amazing that night, I kid you not. He was right there in the middle of it all night long. He was downright tasty!

There is a whole stage full of World Class musicians on stage at any given moment. What do you want Gregg to do, jump up and down and say "I want more solos!" or "Why is Danny playing on the "Layla" Coda, I want to play it, its my band!" or raise his hand up and yell "Ooooh ooooh, I'm over here!" Jeeeeeezus, really. There are 15 shows with hundreds of songs being played. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to have their moments to shine and Gregg has been shining like The North Star thus far. Everyone needs to know when to step up and when to step back or it all becomes clutter in a band this size. Gregory is humble, he is a gentleman and he is having the time of his life in honor of his Brother. Do you think he cares about showing off more? What more do you want the man to do?





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AMEN, Eddie....not always about me me me (welll, unless it IS about ME).....but it shows true showmanship, and confidence in one's ability - this is one huge party for them, as well as us. If I invite someone to dinner, I want that person to feel special - that is what our boys are doing with their invited, honored guests.

What class!

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:47 AM
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I truly don't get this thread and find it a bit puzzling. Gregg has been a monster this entire run and has been very active in the jamming for each show. He has been vibrant and really adding colour to every song and every Jam. Last Saturdays Jazz-infused show was a perfect example that I got to witness in person. He was truly amazing that night, I kid you not.

There is a whole stage full of World Class musicians on stage at any given moment. What do you want Gregg to do, jump up and down and say "I want more solos!" or "Why is Danny playing on the "Layla" Coda, I want to play it, its my band!" or raise his hand up and yell "Ooooh ooooh, I'm over here!" Geez guys, really. There are 15 shows with hundreds of songs being played. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to have their moments to shine and Gregg has been shining like The North Star thus far. Everyone needs to know when to step up and when to step back or it all becomes clutter in a band this size. Gregory is humble, he is a gentleman and he is having the time of his life in honor of his Brother. Do you think he cares about showing off more? What more do you want the man to do?


I think you might have went a little extreme there.

Nobody has said Gregg hasn't been a monster this whole run, nor is anyone taking anything away from him or being critical of what he did last night.

Speaking for myself, I was just wanting to hear and see him get more time to shine and work off of EC.

I didn't ask the man to do more, I just put my two cents as to what I'd like to see. I also didn't ask why Danny ways playing keys, just saying I would have loved for it to have been Gregg.

Seriously, nothing was meant as a slight against the man, just stating an opinion.


 

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AMEN, Eddie....not always about me me me (welll, unless it IS about ME).....but it shows true showmanship, and confidence in one's ability - this is one huge party for them, as well as us. If I invite someone to dinner, I want that person to feel special - that is what our boys are doing with their invited, honored guests.

What class!
Great analogy, DA.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 08:55 AM
Maybe Gregg was just enjoying the hell out of watching and hearing those three guys tear it up. I know I was.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 09:14 AM
I'm just jealous my wife wants Gregg. She's 31!

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 10:30 AM
If Eric is back I'd like to hear Gregg take Bobby Womack's part on 'I Looked Away' or others.
 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 11:06 AM
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I noticed that too. He does need to step up a little more tonight. He has been amazing this run! But when Clapton came out, what did you expect?

As for Warren dominating..... He's more of a leader, a conductor. Someone has to give the cues and counts. If you ever played in a band you would understand. Can't have too many chefs in the kitchen, its best to have one. Bit if you look in the background, Otiel really is the mastermind behind the improvs. He sets the tone, the direction the guitars go.

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Thank you... I agree with all and it is perfectly said.

NO members of the band should leave to spotlight a guest, in my opinion. The point is to bring a guest in to see what they can add... I know with bass it's different or losing a drummer (I mean they do have 3!!!) But that would be the exception. Warren should not sit out for Eric.

I think it was Gregg's night. He even performed "Oncoming Traffic" on his own. So he was laying back on the organ enjoying the show himself.

I think it was good that Danny came out on piano. I mean Gregg was still playing too!

[Edited on 3/20/2009 by PauliG]

 

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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 11:08 AM
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I'm just jealous my wife wants Gregg. She's 31!


My sister is almost 29 and wants him too...

 
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