You don’t have to look hard for Eric Krasno gems – there’s a new one every week. But here
are six recent Kraz
appearances well worth your listening space.
Soulive at Mountain Jam, Hunter, NY, 6/8/2013
A typically raging Soulive set that focuses on band staples like “Cannonball,” “Hat Trick”
and “El Ron” – abetted by the
Shady Horns – before Bill Evans gets into the mix on “Spark” and Mountain Jam host Warren
Haynes climbs aboard for
“Manic Depression.” It’s always a gas to hear Krasno and Warren spar – Kraz leans a little
more greasy rock, Warren a bit
Eric Krasno, Joe Russo and Neal Evans, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, 11/9/2013
An ad hoc trio that would reprise itself two months later at the same venue during the
Freaks Ball as Stirrers, this was an
example of the totally kickass, pickup, near-spontaneous “go for it” type of stuff you
wish you could still get often from
New York-area jam scene musicians.
Terrapin Family Band, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, 11/14/2013
Phil Lesh posted up at the Bowl with the Terrapin Family Band, and the surprise of the
long set was Krasno, who’d
jammed with Phil and Joe Russo in Central Park a few days earlier, and here showed a
comfortable feel for Dead-style
improv, including a delectable “Sugar Magnolia > Cassidy” progression.
Lettuce, Bear Creek Music Festival, Live Oak, FL, 11/17/2013
Since becoming a regularly performing group again, Lettuce is one of those collectives
that seems to get nastier, funkier
and tastier every tour. This Bear Creek set had its share of surprises, including Nikki
Glaspie and Igmar Thomas in for
Adam Deitch and Eric Bloom, and sit-ins from Alecia Chakour, Mike Dillon and Nigel Hall.
But it’s a monster showcase
for Krasno, too – this is a band where he so often blazes.
Soulive with The London Souls, Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, 12/31/2013
Soulive – and Krasno in particular -- played a big part in the rise of The London Souls
and it’s no surprise the two bands
are so simpatico when sharing the stage. Listen to this New Year’s throwdown – weapons-
grade Krasno all over it --
and get a taste of what might happen during the “London Soulive” set slated for this
year’s Bowlive run.
Eric Krasno Band, Jam Cruise, 1/5/2014
Say this for Krasno: he knows how to put a hot band together. This Jam Cruise set put him
at the center of a seven-
piece lineup that included Alecia Chakour, Alex Chakour, Eric Kalb, Peter Levin, Nigel
Hall and James Casey, with Kofi
Burbridge jumping in near the end. A preview of coming attractions for Krasno’s solo band