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REVIEW: John Scofield Quartet @ the Shedd (Eugene, OR – 10/26/11)

29th Oct 11 (Sat) 3 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I showed up slightly late due; so came in right after they started their second song… and I hunkered down for some great music.  John Scofield Quartet features John on guitars, Michael Eckroth on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.

The band played a mix of slower ballads and more upbeat tunes. John’s latest album, A Moment’s Peace, is slower and gentler, and the lead-off track “Simply Put” was the first tune I caught in the set – fantastic jazz balladry.  The quartet then moved into some covers, “Relaxin’ at Camarillo” (Charlie Parker) and “I Will” (the Beatles).  I didn’t catch the name of the tune right after “I Will,” but it was SMOKIN’

Other songs I caught during the Quartet’s long set were “My Foolish Heart,” “Hackensack” (Thelonious Monk), and “Green Tea.”  John is a phenomenal guitarist.  The show was a bit more reserved than I was going in expecting (compared to his work with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood), but it was a treat to watch a master at work.  They wrap up their mini-West Coast tour this weekend at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle.

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Under Byen Samme Stof Som Stof

JOHN SCOFIELD QUARTET PHOTOS
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John Scofield @ the Shedd (photos by the weekend)

27th Oct 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

UPDATE 10/29 – REVIEW POSTED

Brilliant show by the John Scofield Quartet last night at the Shedd in Eugene, Oregon…

Busy week for me at work, plus Pomplamoose tonight at the Doug Fir Lounge (Portland).  Look for the Scofield Eugene photos and a review by the weekend.

Cheers!
~Dan

REVIEW: Charlie Hunter @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR – 5/18/10)

19th May 10 (Wed) 3 comments

Charlie Hunter‘s new CD Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid was the first CD through the gates in 2010.  The CD is named after a saying from an undisclosed curmudgeon musician who used to pull that on his players (no, it’s not indicative of Charlie’s payment habits). 

The album is a fun jaunt full of the groove-laden jazz that Charlie Hunter fans know and love.  It’s a highly recommended purchase for 2010… (pictured to the right)

The current “Evening with Charlie Hunter” tour is slightly stripped down compared to the album… it features Hunter on guitar, Ron Miles (trumpet) & Eric Kalb (drums).  They hit the WOW Hall stage just after 8pm and played two sets and a long encore… well over two solid hours.  All three men played effortlessly… their first set was smokey and soulful.  Their second set was a bit more upbeat with more solos, including a few standards mixed in with the Neglected tunes.

Eric and Ron were very tight players, with stunning solos in their own right.  Eric had a great feel, and while I think Ron stayed in the shadows more during the sets, the trumpet flavor he added to the trio was a perfect fit.

One of the most amazing things from the night was watching Charlie play.  His seeming ease at which he plays bass and guitar on one instrument is stunning (and curse-worthy for the guitar aficionado in the crowd).  If you weren’t watching the stage, you’d easily be fooled that it was a quartet and not a trio.  It’s quite an amazing thing to see and hear.  He’s so unassuming about it, too… a showman without the show-off attitude.

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Method of DefianceInamorata

CHARLIE HUNTER PHOTOS
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