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Author: Subject: I just got back from Jaimoe's Jasssz Band's show in West Springfield, Mass.

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  posted on 6/20/2009 at 11:22 PM
A few words from someone who witnessed Jaimoe's Jassz Band for the
first time........

The Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Mass is an intimate venue, seating about
200 people. It was the perfect way to catch this awesome band up close. Needless
to say, they were on fire tonight. There were many highlights. They opened with
Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" and their version was TRANSCENDENT, featuring
out-of-this-world solos from each band member. I noticed early on that David Stoltz
seemed to be wearing a Jack Bruce T-Shirt under his jacket= COOL!
The audience erupted when the band went into "Ain't Wastin' Time No More",
and it was really cool hearing little snippets from "Jessica" at the song's coda.
Jaimoe seemed to have a few sound mix issues early in the show and signalled the
monitor mixer to turn up his mix. Talented special guest Guitarist T J Dwyer joined
the group on lead vocals for "Slip Away" and "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City."
There seemed to be some filming going on, as a guy with a filming camera was seen first up
in the balcony section and then down in the center floor section. The horn
section was amazing and got applause at the end of each player's solo (as did
the rest of the band). There was one interesting section where the band was
quoting both Miles Davis' "Jean Pierre" and "When The Saints Go Marching In".
Closing out the first set was a Junior Mack Vocal Tour De Force, "Rainy Night in
Georgia." Jaimoe wished all the fathers in the audience a Happy Fathers Day.
Other highlights included: Junior and TJ exchanging those trademark guitar
harmonies on a Jassz Band "Blue Sky" extravaganza, and Junior Mack front and
center on "I Believe I'll Make a Change" and "Black Cat Bone". Very Soulful.
As if this all wasn't enough, they encored with "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"
with TJ Dwyer, Junior Mack and Kris Jensen ripping it up on the solos.
Bruce Katz is an amazing Keyboard player. He added a lot to the mix.
David's bass playing could be described as fluid, complimentary and complex all
rolled into one, and he was right there in the pocket with Jaimoe the whole
night. Seeing Jaimoe outside of the ABB context was a real treat. As a drummer
myself I was able to zero in on his playing and appreciate it with an up close view.
There was one solo he did which was mostly played on the cymbals... it was
a highlight and got the audience clapping. Just prior to the encore, the group
received a loud standing ovation from the audience.

Such a great night of music. Anyone who hasn't seen 'em yet, GO!!


[Edited on 6/24/2009 by woodsdweller]

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 01:15 AM
Nice review ! Thanks for the details - sounds like it was a great night. I would be over-the-top with that setlist ... !!

Hope they're recording it - the last DVD was great, and I think Jai alludes (somewhere) to "documenting" more shows .......... eager to see if they produce another.

Hey man, this band is really outta sight -- He has some amazing talent in the current Jasssz Band. There's no "filler" as they take turns exploring musically ... seems highly improvisational (if that isn't stating the obvious).

... And it's really a joy to see and hear Jaimoe perform outside the context of the Allman Brothers Band.

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 04:49 AM
good review,I have seen them before and enjoyed them.
 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 08:44 AM
Thanks for the review!


 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 04:01 PM
Thanks for the review. They are a great band, and I look forward to them coming to NY sometime soon!

Mitch

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 04:01 PM
Thanks for the review. They are a great band, and I look forward to them coming to NY sometime soon!

Mitch

 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 01:54 AM
Sounds like a pretty amazing show. I wish they would make a trip down to NYC, but I guess I will just have to sneak out of town one of these nights.

By the way, "Slip Away" was originally a Clarence Carter song, Gregg covered it. "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" was originally a Bobby Blue Bland tune.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 09:54 AM
One of the many special treats for this Middle Earthers visit to the Big Apple in March was the opportunity to hear Jaimoe's band at the HTN party. These guys are great (and I got the CD to prove it! )

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 01:48 AM
Thank you all.We really appreciate your support,especially Jaimoe because this is his project and he puts so much of himself into it.
We will be at the Gathering of the Vibes on July 25th as many of you may already know.Other plans for shows are being drawn up now to be announced when complete.One show in particular should be really enjoyable at a really cool venue.......more on that later.For now,thank you and stay tuned!

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 05:11 AM
Wow!! What an outstanding set list!!! Sounds so wonderful!! Looking forward to new shows being added! Will be on the lookout for that David!

 

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