Umphrey’s: Live at the Murat


Umphrey's McGee
The ascension continues for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee, not only in terms of their commercial success but in creative accomplishment and instrumental achievement as well. Their performance on Live at the Murat (SCI Fidelity), their first official live release, is as impressive as anything they've recorded to date, with the power and finesse, the yin and the yang, that have come to characterize their by-now classic material.

Recorded in Indianapolis in April 2007 and produced by longtime "sound caresser" / honorary seventh member Kevin Browning, the two-disc set features fan favorites like "Push the Pig," "The Triple Wide," "In the Kitchen," and "Nothing Too Fancy" along with rare tunes like the set-ending "Padgett's Profile" and the brief but torrid "Angular Momentum," centered on the combo of drummer Kris Myers and guitarist Jake Cinninger. The band also dusts off tunes like "Hajimemashite" from '98s Songs for Older Women, and the Yes meets Little Feat-influenced "40's Theme," a live favorite for the band and its fans.

Throughout the show, UM's invention brings the progressive instrumental chops of Zappa and the stylistic savvy of Steely Dan. It is innovative without being indulgent, exhilarating without losing control, and there are plenty of improv passages that keep the band and their fans off-balance. Clearly, logging 120 gigs a year, "live" is where UM lives.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:
09.13 Orpheum Theatre Madison WI
09.14 Canopy Club Urbana IL
09.15 Taft Theatre Cincinnati OH
10.04 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS
10.05 Granada Theater Dallas TX
10.06 Stubb's BBQ Austin TX
10.14 The Echo Project Fairburn GA
10.16 Toad's Place - Lady Byrd Hat Building Richmond VA
10.17 Nightclub 9:30 Washington DC
10.18 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City NY
10.19 Nokia Theater Times Square New York NY
10.20 Nokia Theater Times Square New York NY
10.22 Harro East Ballroom Rochester NY
10.24 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
10.25 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
10.26 Orpheum Theatre Boston MA
10.27 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
10.28 Vegoose Las Vegas NV
10.31 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO
11.15 Amos' South End Charlotte NC
11.16 City Hall Nashville TN
11.17 Work Play Soundstage Birmingham AL
11.18 Bear Creek Music Festival Quincy FL
11.29 Orbit Room Grand Rapids MI
12.01 Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor MI
12.13-17 Caribbean Holidaze Runaway Jamaica
12.29-31 The Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
03.16-18 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam Netherlands

More dates to be announced.

[Published on: 9/11/07]

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willm1 Tue 9/11/2007 03:38PM
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dudeski3 Tue 9/11/2007 04:06PM
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I've waited a long time for this album... the wait is coming to an end. Thank you Umphrey's.

Treetophigh Tue 9/11/2007 04:14PM
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good to see them always doin well, i used to see them alot when i first started goin to shows a few years back, hten i just started to appreciate other parties, i hope to rediscover them in the future,

ScIFreak starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/11/2007 05:03PM
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durazno Tue 9/11/2007 05:22PM
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sweet indeed. can't wait to hear this!

kenny2 starstarstarstar Tue 9/11/2007 06:34PM
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Liquid in my head! I'll see 'em in VA! If in VA this weekend,check out WWW.SHARPSSESSIONS.COM It's FREE!!!!!!!!!

beadiamondsomday starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/11/2007 08:10PM
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i can see how some people cant get into um b/c they are so technicall and diverse, i push them on all my friends and some just cant take the heavy parts or whatever and god damn do i feel sorry for those people. from metal to funk to reagae best improv on the scene for sure. long live um. and just think, there still so young!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and kenny i will see you at toads place, drivin up from nc just cuz i cant wait till november 15th

moeMan1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/11/2007 08:16PM
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can't wait for halloween, i'm hoping they add a second show the night before!

Denver peeps represent

cuttyfives Tue 9/11/2007 09:46PM
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thank goodness.. why don't more bands do this? raq? pgroove? the motet? garaj mahal? The "LIVE" album or even a double live is the wayyyyyy to go.

I really did not like the last two releases from Umph, the studio Robs a band of its true qualities. Thank goodness they finally did this!!

DeadStickLanding starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 05:33AM
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Can I get a collective "FUCK YEAH!!"

okalrightic starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 06:47AM
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FUCK YEAH! Umph is king, long live umph! I can't wait to hear this

GB3K-Poops starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 07:18AM
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FUCK YEAH! I'm gonna be in madtown tomarrow for their show. CAN'T W8!!! UMPH ROCKS!!!

kirkbrew Wed 9/12/2007 08:10AM
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Is it me, or does the Murat sound "boomy"? Saw Wilco there a couple months ago. Center balcony, 2nd row. Perfect seats for acoustics one would think, but the sound was sort of thick and boomy. I did not get on the floor to check it from there. I remember the same thing when I saw Panic there too, but we were over on the left side of the balcony.

Makisupa_McGee Wed 9/12/2007 09:05AM
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FUCK YES!!!! this is going to be end-all-be-all of live albums. umphreys will eat your mom for breakfast.

but i never thought of Padgett's as a "rare" tune.

and can band reviewers stop using phrases like "they sound like Yes giving Little Feat a Portugese omelette while steely dan gives zappa a rusty trombone"....i mean, comon. i guess this guy didnt go that far, because he just says "meets" which is basically "sounds like" but you know, some are really bad about this, i guess im just mouthing off cuz i hate my job.

moeMan1 Wed 9/12/2007 09:36AM
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Makisupa_McGee this is press release written by their publicist. I would take it up with Carrie Lombardi from Madison House Publicity if you don't like thier press releases

Zap Thunda' Wed 9/12/2007 09:40AM
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Zap Thunda'

kirkbrew, this was recorded in the egyptian room not the auditorium. The sound in the egyptian room is great..... it is smaller then the actual auditorium.

Frank Wed 9/12/2007 09:44AM
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Good for um. Like usual we have some idiot (scifreak) entering a obligatory comment about the disco biscuits, good for you buddy, and voices like no one else? Ummmmmmm, yea. Keep seeing the end all be all um, riiiiight. They don't do it for me, but yea they are talented.

gmoo Wed 9/12/2007 09:57AM
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Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor baby! NYE is gonna be the sickness.

paulygparty Wed 9/12/2007 10:07AM
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Rumor has it you boys are goin' back to Cali early next year.

Yeah, I think so.

treetops78 starstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 10:51AM
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canoftunapudding Wed 9/12/2007 11:14AM
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zappa gave steely dan a rusty trombone?

nfenne starstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 12:09PM
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Miles, Motet put out a live album which is really good and Garaj Mahal has put out 3 or 4 of them. I have the first one in the series w/ Zakir Hussein on tabla & it's amazing.

I agree that bands need to release more live music. It allows the fans to hear what they enjoy and also serves as a cheap release for the band. I really enjoy when bands release uncut sets from shows. I feel like that has more feel to it than a live album that's culled from several shows.

WonkerSmack Wed 9/12/2007 02:04PM
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"Can I get a collective 'FUCK YEAH!!'"

Don't tell my mom!

Vaughn123 starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/13/2007 12:42PM
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I was at this show at the Murat, everyone is in for a treat when they hear the album.

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Nfenne.. I meant some NEW ones for 07- or 2008. I will be ready this time!!

btw. the new motet is really cool. instrumental dissent.

and garaj has a new one coming out later this year they told me, but I think it will be a studio one. peace...

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yet another band drives right thru chattanooga tennessee and DOES NOT STOP.

I am sick of this!!!!! !@#$%^&*

moejoerisin Fri 9/14/2007 11:46AM
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cannot wait for umphrey's halloween at the fillmore!

Deadphishbiscuits Sun 9/16/2007 05:59PM
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wooohooo roc city gotta love that mid fall

peacephrog69 Mon 9/17/2007 09:13PM
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hell yes!!

I was at these shows, and they KILLED

NYE or GOML!!!

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street date October 16th.

in the kitchen> (acoustic structure)

acoustic improvisation>

electric improvisation>

in the kitchen (electric structure)

5. higgins

6.the fuzz>nothing too fancy (end)



disc 2.

40's theme>the triple wide>angular momentum>push the pig>out of order.

6.white mans moccasins

7.padgetts profile