The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre
While not a show for the ages, this opening show provided a solid base for the rest of the Beacon run. The Allmans continue to take chances and be adventurous with their music, consistently coming up with new songs and reinterpreting older ones. Haynes and Allman still lead the band and write most of the songs, but Trucks and Burbridge are unbelievable musicians who have found their niche with this legendary band. Bringing Ravi Coltrane out for a few songs provided a rare treat for the fans, as the ABB were influenced by John Coltrane as much as anybody else. While the band may not play straight-ahead conventional jazz, they have certainly, with Trucks' and Burbridges' respective influences, shifted towards a jazzier, more improvisational sound. It will be exciting to witness their continued development, and I hope that they continue to play together for many years to come.
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Read Doug Collette's review of the same show.