Furley | Da Funky Phish | Bay Shore, NY | 9.13.02
Furley cruised into Da Funky Phish in Bayshore with one thing on their musically transcendent minds: to get feet and asses moving, and keep them moving. And the free-style, Latin-fusion, reggae-funk jamband made this happen.
It’s not often you could be entertained by a band with no vocals. After all, vocals are usually a band’s driving force. So what steers this group of great-to-watch gents? Everyone. There’s guitarist/guitar synthesizer scientist Joe Serrone, a chiseled-faced pillar of music whose side of the stage sounds like an orchestra. You’ll swear you’re hearing a xylophone but it’s this hunk playing the seven-string guitar-synth. Smooth tenor saxophonist and flutist Nick Gianni will take you on far-out journeys and then bring you back to center. On this night, guest baritone/alto/soprano saxophonist Carl Obrig added a controlled stream of consciousness to the horny Furley.
Arguably the best drummer on the scene is Furley’s Ian Katz, who will have your feet locked in a rhythmic pattern by his almost-surreal, impenetrable groove. Sprinkle the backbone with bassist Colm Connell and percussionist Vinny Commisso and we’re talking a hearty beat from who knows where.
From the songs “Gypsy,” “Chasin’ the Dragon,” “Gringo Beans,” and “Mood #9,” Furley pumped Da Funky Phish with their stuff. Go see this band. You will dance and twirl, people. You will dance and twirl. And you might even sing.
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