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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 12:27 PM
DTB kicked off our Jazz Festival last night , it was a great show the highlight for me was " My Favorite Things " , he also played " Key To The Highway " and " Anyday " , it really was awesome . This is the write up from one of our local papers .


There's never really been a lot of common ground between Southern rock and jazz -- but after a blistering show at the Winspear Centre last night, let's just say that Derek Truck owns it.

This is what happens when those teenage guitar virtuosos grow up. The 30-year-old Trucks -- nephew of the Allman Brothers Band's Butch Trucks and also a member of that great Southern rock band (which had its jazzy side) -- has developed a soloing style much like a seasoned jazz player, but completely within the context of his background.

This slide guitar master is not a blue-note, be-bop kind of guy. He's a rocker through and through, bringing a sophistication to the form that challenges without getting self-indulgent, that introduces the listener to brave new sonic worlds, but also hits you on a gut level. It's a remarkable thing to hear.

One might say it's a bit of a stretch to feature this guy for the opening event at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, but the hall was packed with musicians, come to worship the designated guitar hero of the jazz festival for one of its best-attended events.

Just like the good old days!

The crowd was treated to a dizzying array of styles -- rock, blues, funk, soul, New Orleans ragtime, East Indian mood music, stuff Derek came up with that doesn't even have a name -- in one righteous groove after another. Think Robert Randolph plus the Allman Brothers with a dash of Bela Fleck. Sorry, that's the best I can do. It's hard to pin this guy down.

Just call it a party. Trucks and his fabulous band had the crowd rocking from the first few notes. They opened with a gospel-blues feel called Sweet Inspiration, segued into the fast shuffle I'll Find My Way. And so he did.

Trucks calmly displayed stunning virtuosity on solos, slide and otherwise, also flying over barrages of crunchy chords with impossible speed.

Such fast playing is never enough on its own (Joe Satriani take note), but this guitarist never brought out the fireworks unless it served the songs. That's maturity for you.

On lead vocals was Mike Mattison, a master of restraint, only using his full-throated blues shout when it mattered.

The hard-working keyboardist Kofi Burnbridge split his time between funky piano and funky Hammond organ, the perfect accompaniment to Trucks' guitar work, while the rhythm section -- drummer Yonrico Scott, bassist Todd Smallie and a percussionist named Count M'Butu -- concentrated on generating the most interesting feels over the strangest time signatures they could come up with. Their energy seemed to grow with every song.

Again, none of this fine playing was ever at the expense of communicating the emotion of the song.

In short, this was one of the most soulful jazz festival concerts Edmonton has ever seen. Call it good start to the 2009 jazz festival

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 12:42 PM
Wow - really great review!

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 01:02 PM
Thats awesome DTB is so deserving of the recognition.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 01:37 PM
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a percussionist named Count M'Butu


Isn't he from Moosejaw ?

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 01:41 PM
"Such fast playing is never enough on its own (Joe Satriani take note), but this guitarist never brought out the fireworks unless it served the songs. That's maturity for you. "

there you go....

 
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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 01:52 PM
"The crowd was treated to a dizzying array of styles -- rock, blues, funk, soul, New Orleans ragtime, East Indian mood music, stuff Derek came up with that doesn't even have a name -- in one righteous groove after another. Think Robert Randolph plus the Allman Brothers with a dash of Bela Fleck. Sorry, that's the best I can do. It's hard to pin this guy down."

I like this part. The reviewer admits he can't define the sound, yet is able to convey that whatever it is, it's good. Sometimes you have to see (and hear) for yourself. Thanks for posting the review.


 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 01:55 PM
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Isn't he from Moosejaw ?


Well when DTB was here in Memphis Derek said he was from Holly Springs, MS

I sure did enjoy listending to all the recordings here in the states the count is from every small obscure town in the US .. Derek ahs a great sense of humor

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 02:26 PM
Nice writing style. Thanks for the cool review of a show you obviously enjoyed.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 02:28 PM
When I saw them in London the Count was from Sheffield England. My wee pal believed him as well

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 02:38 PM
What a man Derek trucks has turned into; and Iím not talking about his guitar playing. Itís such a pleasure to have an ambassador like him. Heís not an ego driven maniac bent on destruction like so many other great musicians. He has a genuine heart for the soul of music and a loving personality as well. These are a few of my favorite things.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 03:01 PM
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Isn't he from Moosejaw ?


Well when DTB was here in Memphis Derek said he was from Holly Springs, MS

I sure did enjoy listending to all the recordings here in the states the count is from every small obscure town in the US .. Derek ahs a great sense of humor


Are you calling Newark NJ, Scranton, PA, Buffalo and Rochester, NY small towns?

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 03:01 PM
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Wow - really great review!

I agree! Wonderful review!

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 03:07 PM
Great player, great band...great to have Derek playing so great!!!!



Did I mention how great Derek is???

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 03:10 PM
Here's a review from the Winnepeg Sun from Tuesday's show:

http://www.winnipegsun.com/entertainment/music/2009/06/24/9906686.html

And a quote from a friend of mine that saw the show (and dTb for the first time):

"They are truly a professional, tight band and I was thoroughly impressed. I understand why you jump at a chance to see him, whether with the Allman Brothers or with his band."

And:

"My Favorite Things is when I fell into a hypnotic state of musical euphoria to put it mildly. You can't go to the places that band took you with other mainstream artists, as good as all the other great bands are."

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 03:24 PM
yet another superb review....

I remember the first time i seen DTB at the Trustees theatre during the Savannah Music Fest ..I simply did not want the show to end and have become a fan for life.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 03:30 PM
Sounds like a great festival and as always a great DTB show.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 04:37 PM
the NMAS hail from Holly Springs, MS. I wish Derek would hole up at their Zebra Ranch studio sometime w/ them. make a joyful noise indeed...

EAPFNMAS & the Hill Country Blues

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 05:18 PM

Reading those two reviews really brought tears to my eyes. Here are two newspaper reviewers who not only get it, they can describe what they saw and heard in a manner that connects with the reader.

Superb.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 05:59 PM
---qoute---Are you calling Newark NJ, Scranton, PA, Buffalo and Rochester, NY small towns?---

ok ok you got me there but if you have ever been to Holly Springs, MS its a small southern town stuffed away in the hills

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 06:16 PM
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served the songs.


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Reading those two reviews really brought tears to my eyes. Here are two newspaper reviewers who not only get it, they can describe what they saw and heard in a manner that connects with the reader.

Superb.


ah yes only in Canada eh! hope they make there way up here again very soon. 2 years is wayyyy to long

 

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"The crowd was treated to a dizzying array of styles -- rock, blues, funk, soul, New Orleans ragtime, East Indian mood music, stuff Derek came up with that doesn't even have a name -- in one righteous groove after another. Think Robert Randolph plus the Allman Brothers with a dash of Bela Fleck. Sorry, that's the best I can do. It's hard to pin this guy down."

I like this part. The reviewer admits he can't define the sound, yet is able to convey that whatever it is, it's good. Sometimes you have to see (and hear) for yourself. Thanks for posting the review.




Man what an excellent piece of word smithing by that author. Perfect description.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 08:52 PM
Can't wait for Sunday night show here in Vic. Great to hear you made it Dimples.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2009 at 08:08 AM
thanks
 
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  posted on 6/27/2009 at 11:40 AM
Thats probably the most entertaing Derek review I've ever read.

 

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