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big sam and chapter 2 2/4/11 wescott
Mon 2/7/2011 9:01AM
Local trio sophistafunk opened. A phenomenally talented keyboard player, a solid drummer, and a singer/rapper who I couldn't stand played some moody funk rap. They keyboardist had maybe 7 keyboards and was doing a lot.

Big Sam Williams brought out his quintent Funky Nation. Is Bassist Eric Vogle any relation to Rich Vogle of Galactic? These guys compare to Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Both young trombonists from New Orleans, both kicked off Jam Cruise the past two years, both party music, funkifying pop music songs among other. If I had to say based on the one time I saw each, this was a much better performance, but I'd give Andrews the nod in terms of musicianship. Along with Big Sam, the trumpeter andrew bahan is always dancing. The two also sing and have a great back and forth. The word I would use to describe their hour and a half set would be fun.

Eric Krasno, along with one of my favorites Nigel Hall, Chris Loftlon on Bass and a chick Nicki Galespie on drums. The set was not nearly as fun but musically more sophisticated. It bears mentioning that Nigel Hall came out in a Wescott sweatshirt which he removed to show a sophistafunk t-shirt, as was donned by Big Sam during his guest turns. On one of the first songs, Loftlin had some trouble with his bass amp, and while the techs took care of it, he went over to Nigel and played the bottom end  on the keys. Very cool to see. The set started out funkier but became mellow and more soul tinged as it progressed. Krasno, who I think just about anybody whose seen him would agree is in the shortlist for best guitarists in the scene, seemed to play reserved melting into the ensemble rather than leading an all out chops assault. Top 30 maybe? The group seemed more of a project than a band, with a rotating group of players and a setlist that includes tracks from other royal family groups soulive, lettuce and the nigel hall band. I was expecting Adam Deitch on drums and although Nicki Galespie did a servicable job, it's not even a fair comparison.

Enjoyable night
Yonrico Scott Dinosaur BBQ 2/3/11
Fri 2/4/2011 10:05AM
I had been drumming less than two months when I heard the Derek Trucks Band for the first time. Aside from genius of Derek and the remarkable chemistry, I was blown away watching Yonrico behind the hit. He's a big dude who has a lot of fun playing. Watching him I learned to play the highhats with my left foot, freeing up my right arm. It's such an obvious thing, but before seeing him, my right arm had stayed on the highhat only using my left foot to fizz.

I showed up and saw my neighboor Josh, who plays drums and percussion with a few local groups and is an adjunct professor at SU. He has always been very supportive of me and when we talked during the set break he continued to be. I also met their tour manaer, A kid my age named Dan, from Oneonta. He runs a company out of there and plays guitar. Because DTB was so much bigger than this group, playing much larger venues for way more people I asked him if the drummer was annoyed, something I've always kind of wondered. His response was No, Rico was the man. He did tons of stuff before Derek including playing with the Atlanta symphony and playing with Stevie Wonder. Although the Derek Trucks Band was a 16 year gig, it was just one part of his life. As long as the music is good, the young tour manager told me, Yonrico Scott is happy.

I parked myself in a chair right by the drums and zoned in. I've gone to plenty of shows for fun; this time I went to school. The Slide guitar player a guy named Jeff based out of New York was really good both as a player and singer, but I didn't pay him too much attention. The sticks look so small in Rico's hands, which he holds so loosely and naturally almost like water. He had a few amazing solos where the bass continued playing. Rather than just rhythmically astounding, his solos were incredibly melodic, played to the tune of the song he had just been playing. And he's just having a blast, shaking his big old head, making faces at people, getting them into it. On one occasion, after hitting every surface of the set, he drummed on the wall. At the end of their last song he did that James Brown hit me one time, hit me two times, all the way up to 8, 1 a few more and then he called out 18.

You hear it from guitar players most, who influenced them, who they listened to and stole rifs from, who they aspired to be. I don't think I'd rather emulate anybody more than Rico. There are drummers who are too choppy, doing too much. Rico can, but doesn't very often. He provides a backbone of more than rhythm, but also joy.
spiritual rez dinosaur bbq 1-26-11
Wed 1/26/2011 9:24PM
For my first show of 2011 I caught the first set of Spiritual Rez with my folks at the dinosaur bbq. This place as much as any other is responsible for my love of music. Every monday night in elementary school my dad used to see a sax player by the name of Paulie Cerra. The two shared a teacher who sometimes went with us along with Paulie's parents. We would dip french fries in barbeque sauce and eat key lime pie. This was before that idiotic smoking ban, and because of it cigarette smoke brings up happy memories. Paulie played a mix of jazz and blues, songs like greasy spoon, at night in the city, maputo, and the funky chicken. You can catch a vid of paulie here

Spiritual rez, out of Boston, is a 6 piece ensemble with sax, trombone, two guitars, base and drums. Both the bass player and rhythm guitar player are rather tall and the lead guitar player is quite short, with long dreads. The short one is much better than the tall one and the sax player surpasses the trombonist. I listened to a concert of theirs from 5 years ago earlier in the day, and they have supplemented their listenable but non distinct reggae with some energetic groovy funk (as opposed to dirty funk). These guys definitely get down, moving and dancing along with their fans, many of whom also rock dreads. I sat at a booth with my parents, had a few beers and some french fries. A good time. A band worth seeing, worth paying to see, but in my mind not worth traveling to see.