Fuse One, Fuse All
After a break, Filipiak and crew returned for a short, but intense, second set.“4 AM”’s cousin, “2 AM,” had Filipiak floating a George Benson-esque suaveness over the tune’s bluesy foundation. Perhaps in conciliation towards the burning ears of the Borders staff, the band played “Hotel Real,” the title track from one of Filipiak’s albums, at a lower dynamic level than usual, and the resulting creativity added even more depth to this sterling composition. The guitarist’s chops were obviously on fire by this point in the gig, but he kept his playing at a slow burn, with no loss of sweat generated. Charlie Parker’s “Au Privave” took Bird into space/funk mode, the funk at odd angles with the frequently wah-wah’d groove. Like Ornette’s Prime Time, the dense rhythms being generated in this ingenious arrangement were like a forest of R&B trees.