Images and Words by: Mike Sherry
The Ringers :: May 2014 :: Colorado Tour
Check out Mike's review after the gallery...
Last weekend Colorado turned out to welcome Jimmy Herring’s fledgling supergroup, The
Ringers, at Boulder’s Fox Theatre and The Oriental in Denver. While Jimmy’s work in
bands like Widespread Panic, Aquarium Rescue Unit and Phil Lesh & Friends is widely
appreciated in the jamband scene, some in the audience got their first introduction to the
other members - icons in jazz fusion, pop and elsewhere.
It was soon apparent this collective was assembled with a purpose, as the chemistry poured
forth via instrumentals both complex and accessibly harmonious. Stylistic similarities
seemed to leak through as each guitarist took the spotlight, while projecting their unique
tones and flashes. Strong grooves from bassist Etienne Mbappe (John McLaughlin, Zawinul
Syndicate) and drummer Gary Novak (Chick Corea, Alanis Morrisette) underpinned the dueling
guitar harmonies and searing leads.
Wayne Krantz (Steely Dan, Brecker Brothers) shone with a standout solo on Michael Landau’s
number “Long Way Home,” electrifying the crowd with a ring-mod tone and then morphing back
to seemingly effortless shredding. Michael Landau, a staple of the fusion world, as well
as a contributor of session work to Pink Floyd, Miles Davis and more, could likewise be
observed modifying his tone throughout his solos, holding a sustained note and changing
feedback harmonics through working each pickup of his Fender Stratocaster. Evocative and
A new Jimmy Herring tune was debuted in Boulder which featured a spiritedly driving rhythm
and strong guitar melodies, and sounded even tighter the next night in Denver. Jimmy’s
playing fairly cemented the magic of the group, always ready with a quick follow up
flourish or soulful wailing note to complement the whole of the song. Not to mention
Herring’s spotlight moments were scorching, buoyed by a fantastically cohesive band sound.
Audiences responded enthusiastically to all the music presented, from simple groove-based
pieces to complicated and delicate jazz numbers to an explosive blues belted out by
Landau. With high-caliber supporting acts The Congress and Drew Emmitt Band on the Boulder
and Denver bills, respectively, fans were served a full course of music variety and were
among the most satisfied-looking this writer’s seen.
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