JIVE | 11.30 - 12.2 | BOULDER

The Trilogy Sessions w/ Carlos Washington
It's already Thursday and I'm still buzzing from last weekend's three night stand by the Boulder based band Jive. Three nights at the Trilogy Wine Bar here in Boulder - three nights that were sold out, and left many fans dancing in the cold air by the back door. Fortunately, I was inside, and let me tell you something, when you're still thinking about a performance five days later, well then you know that you’ve seen something that is really special.

But that is how good music effects you. Your body radiates the energy for weeks. The band inflated the crowd like a hot air balloon. They played until the wee hours each night closing the bar at 3am on Saturday! When I walked out my legs felt like Jell-O from dancing so hard. Those boys rolled out the funk with precision. Songs such as Grattos Boogie and Nice n’ Easy were laid down with the help of former Tiny Universe trumpeter, Carlos Washington.

Washington, the weekend’s special guest, was a cosmic addition to the soul-pushing group. His presence was seen more in the second sets of the shows. During the second set of the Friday night show Washington accompanied Jive in a silky smooth version of Grover Washington's In the Pocket.

Carlos was not the only special guest. DJ Ivy took the stand and delivered dance music through the hypnotic rhythm of his turntables. DJ Ivy opened all three shows. In fact, he would remain on stage through the first song and helped the band get into their first groove. Then at the end of the set he would return to his tables and spin for the entire setbreak. They band would leave and we remained on the dance floor. There was no break! On Friday night DJ Ivy helped the band cover a Herbie Hancock tune that was made famous by Dee Lite. The song, Groove in the Heart is in fact a Hancock tune entitled Bring Down the Birds.

Although the band played quite a bit of covers, they do have a large number of originals. During one of the nights, the band announced that this group was taping the show for a live record. So keep your eyes open for anything. And above all, keep your eyes open for when they’ll be in your town next!

Reuben Brody
JamBase Jivin' Correspondent
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[Published on: 12/14/00]

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