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.

Chris Celauro
JamBase | New York
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[Published on: 10/11/02]

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