The Art Of The Sit In | Eric Krasno

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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 more jazz-funk.

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 effort?

[Published on: 3/5/14]

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