show was an extension of X2's (Matt
Abts of Gov't Mule and Johnny
Neel of the Allman Brothers) tour
through Colorado last month. X2 scheduled two shows at the Gothic and played
by themselves on Friday, but these photos are from the second night which was
billed as “Super Jam,” featuring friends such as DJ
Logic, Brian Jordan of Karl Denson’s
Tiny Universe, Carlos Washington on
trumpet, Cecil "P-nut" Daniels on MIDI-Horn,
and Rob Wasserman (Ratdog) on bass.
After catching all three sets of String Cheese's
show over at the Fillmore, I was totally burnt to a crisp, but I just couldn’t
pass up this photographer’s dream line-up. I got to the Gothic around 1:00am,
just in time to see X2 play a couple songs, and I was struck by their chosen
instrumentation: drums and organ! Wow, looks weird, sounds fantastic! I was
amazed at the rhythms and beats that Matt Abts was wrenching out of his minimal
“jazz” drum kit. I don’t know how they got the idea to get together, but it
really was something beautiful to behold and I highly recommend checking them
out if you get a chance.
Just a bit later our esteemed guests slowly walked onstage and took their
positions. While the star power was impressive, I have to say it was a bit ragged
and loose. But, the jams were long and everyone got to display their chops unhindered.
While songs like “Feeling Alright” and “Superstition” were played with long
jams and the requisite virtuosity, the total product was somewhat uninspired,
probably due to the fact that this was the first time they have played together.
The latenight crowd didn’t mind and cheered often to let the band know we loved
them no matter what they were playing. Please enjoy this gallery.
Photos and words by Tony
JamBase | Colorado
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