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REVIEW: Skerik & McTuff @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene, OR – 7/8/09)

9th Jul 09 (Thu) 3 comments

The Joe Doria led McTuff hit the stage at Sam Bond’s last night around 10pm.  While Joe is the bandleader (and quite awesome), a large part of the draw seems to be for tenor saxophonist Skerik.  The entire band is fantastic, and really put out a great groove last night.  We stayed for a little over an hour, and caught “Seven Bullets,” “Arrow Tip,” Michael Jackson‘s “Human Nature” (identified by my wife) and some other unannounced songs/jams.  The 3rd or 4th song (“Seven Bullets”) had some very klezmer-sounding melodies to me.

Last time I saw them, it seemed to be much more organ & sax (or maybe that’s just my poor recollection).  This time, the guitarist (Andy Coe) also seemed to really break out.  It was nice to hear him take some leads.  Drummer D’vonne Lewis was also killin’ it.  Great groove all around from the band.  I’m glad they come around a couple times a year.

They’ve got their first record out, McTuff Volume 1, which I picked up last night.  Check them out on the MySpaces: http://www.myspace.com/mctuffmusic

~Dan – np: Derek WebbStockholm Syndrome

REVIEW: Skerik’s McTuff @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene, OR – – 10/26/08)

27th Oct 08 (Mon) 3 comments

I saw Skerik and his Maelstrom Trio for the first time back in May (review here Skerik’s Maelstrom Trio & Stebmo).  Since Skerik’s from Seattle, it seems like he comes through Eugene more than occasionally, which is more than a-OK with me.  This time was with a groovier, organ-and-sax infused jazz project, McTuff, led by organist Joe Doria.  Think if Medeski Martin & Wood had a saxophonist, added more bop, swapped the bass for a guitar, and kept going with it… OK, maybe it’s not like MMW, but it’s in the same vein at least.

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There was no opener… I walked in right as they were starting (nice!).  McTuff features Joe Doria on Hammond B-3 organ, Skerik on tenor sax, Alan Coe on guitar, and D’vonne Lewis on drums.  All four guys cut loose on the songs, but Skerik stole the show for me.  I’m not too familiar with the McTuff band, but I like Skerik quite a bit.  He sat by while the band jammed a lot, and then busted in usually after a few minutes on a jam.  It’s was nice to hear the sax in this groove-oriented jazz band.  It kind of makes me pine for the Bobby Previte’s Coalition of the Willing show that I missed in Columbus (OH) in 2006 (or 07?)…

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Also, rarely do you leave Sam Bond’s Garage at 10:30pm and still be able to say that you just saw an hour and half of great music… usually it starts later and ends later.  So, this tired guy is glad he got a get earful before heading home and to bed.  They were going to go on for a 2nd set, but I had to head back home in order to get up early to go to Portland for work.

Here’s hoping Skerik makes it through Eugene a few more times before I’m too old to stay up past 10pm. ;)

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Now off on a work-scursion to lovely Portland…

~Dan – np: Medeski Martin & WoodRadiolarians I

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