Umph: Live At The Murat In Stores



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:
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
11.09 IU Auditorium / Univ. of Indiana Bloomington IN
11.10 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI
11.15 Amos' South End Charlotte NC
11.16 City Hall Nashville TN
11.18 Bear Creek Music Festival Quincy FL
11.29 Orbit Room Grand Rapids MI
11.30 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH
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

[Published on: 10/16/07]

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gmoo Tue 10/16/2007 09:47AM
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Perfect as this...

UnbrokenChain7 starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/16/2007 10:13AM
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These guys are amazing. Take the time to listen to them or see them live. You will not be let down.

cuttyfives Tue 10/16/2007 10:44AM
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ScIFreak Tue 10/16/2007 11:28AM
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Umphrey's can be amzing or can be mehhe kind of maybe sort of shitty... I love them to death, been to many of their shows. I really think there are only a few shows that really gives credit to these guys. The Murat is one of them, but if you check out Chicago Theatre 2006/03/10 oh my, now that is a show that should have been out on CD. the FuzzyD> is one of the tightest. Anyway can't wait for the Orbit room, it's always good to see them coming into my shitty town. New Years here I come!!!

mayhem32 Tue 10/16/2007 12:04PM
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Just got it in the mail. What can I say, it's amazing :)

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/16/2007 12:11PM
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I'm going to the store right now! Love UM!!!

jammin5 Tue 10/16/2007 12:49PM
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right on.

HOPEFULPHAN starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/16/2007 02:29PM
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so how does this set rate among the better um shows? im probably gonna buy it anyway just curious.......

UnbrokenChain7 Tue 10/16/2007 05:13PM
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ScIFrak I agree one hundred percent about the 3-10-06 show. That Fuzzy D is nice. Im big fan of the Jimmy Stewart that follows soon after w/Ray Liotta Goodfellas gangsta line at end. That whole show is great. If you haven't already, check out the 5-30-04 show from Summer Camp festival. It's sick as well.

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/16/2007 06:30PM
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CALLING OUT TO ALL CHI-TOWN LOCALS!!!Anyone know of a cheap hotel for nye? looked into hotel 71 and for 3 nights its over a grand! just looking for something a little cheaper. any feedback would be great!!

see all ya'll umphreeks on monday in ROC CITY!!!

ChewyFunk Tue 10/16/2007 08:36PM
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They played well obviously but you can tell they were trying to make a live album, not just playing a show. It's better when their only intention is to melt faces and funk the crowd.

okalrightic starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/17/2007 06:30AM
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mmmm tasty. umphrey's is king! see all you umphreaks and mcgeeks at the 9:30 club tonight!

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the opener in the kitchen>acoustic improv> electric improv> in the kitchen.

FOR ME, this is the highlight of the show.

the other disc with set 2 is the normal quirky kind of tunes that usually I really do not care for. I have seen great and not so great shows from these guys. I will continue to go see them, but its always a hit or miss, in terms of it being a fantabulous show...

gmoo Wed 10/17/2007 10:24AM
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I booked a room at a Super 8 on Lakeshore Dr. for 12/29-31 for around $450. It's about 2 miles from the venue but its by far the cheapest I saw.

cuttyfives Wed 10/17/2007 01:25PM
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gmoo Wed 10/17/2007 02:38PM
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Cutty I know you don't like Umphrey's. You tell us everyday, twice on this message board already. Should I tell you everyday that I don't like Snoop and Madonna?

Tehsay Wed 10/17/2007 04:51PM
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i got on orbitz and found a good deal...roughly 500$ in the ambassador east hotel 5 miles from the aragon. and its no super 8 haha. id say hurry your ass to somewhere like orbitz or priceline and see what you can find, but I will warn you they all change day to day.

the best part about the ny run is that nye is their 10 year anniversary show. I cant even begin to comprehend that nonsense.

spaceface7 Wed 10/17/2007 08:31PM
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thanks gmoo and tehsay, I cant wait to party down in chi-town!!!!

touchofgrey21 Thu 10/18/2007 01:06PM
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long live umph