293

The Derek Trucks Band: Already Live (EP)

Doug Collette By

Sign in to view read count
The Derek Trucks Band: Already Live (EP) Approximately forty minutes isn't nearly enough to capture the sensation of the Derek Trucks Band concert experience, but the five impeccably recorded tracks that comprise Already Live should be enough to placate the guitar hero-worshippers and other fans of the precocious wunderkind who find his recent studio work a bit too structured.

Even with its availability limited to indie record stores, this collection of concert takes captured in autumn of 2008 may not constitute a collector's item per se. After all it contains just the one rare cut, "I Done Got Over." But, like the selections from Already Free (Sony, 2009)—"Get What You Deserve" and "I Know"—this track exhibits as much electricity as craft. The same is true of "I'll Find My Way" where the DTB's extremely tight-knit musicianship, especially in the Todd Smallie-Yonrico Scott rhythm section, is as evident as vocalist Mike Mattison's soul. While Trucks' imaginative guitar work remains fully in the context of the ensemble, the density of his ideas as well as the intensity with which he creates them is often breathtaking.

The seventeen-and-a-half minutes devoted to that old chestnut "My Favorite Things" is certainly more to the liking of those improvisational minded and as it appears here along side more compact performances, should serve the purpose of opening ears (and retaining the loyalty of those who prefer more rather than less Trucks). The pony-tailed guitar prodigy has never been inclined to hog the spotlight, so the band wends its way into this number via Count Mbutu's percussion intro and Kofi Burbridge's acoustic piano tease before Trucks himself begins to embroider the familiar melody in his unorthodox manner. Conducting a sweet and patient exploration of the melody as the rhythm grows ever more pronounced, a full-blown group improvisation then ensues, elevating in waves of intensity that include soft flute solos (courtesy of Burbridge), with a few dollops of ambient noise toward the conclusion.

This performance is as well-structured in its own way, as the preceding tracks timed around four and six minutes. There remain those devotees of Derek Trucks who may not be satisfied until the man embarks upon some wholly instrumental project, similar to this, of which he is the focal point. Until that time, or upon the release of a more contemporary and equally comprehensive live document similar to the two-CD set Live at the Georgia Theatre (Sony 2003), Already Live should satiate broadminded music lovers and those newly initiated into recent DTB concert experience.


Track Listing: I Know; Get What You Deserve; I Done Got Over; I'll Find My Way; My Favorite Things.

Personnel: Derek Trucks: guitar; Mike Mattison: lead vocals; Todd Smallie: bass, vocals; Yonrico Scott: drums; Kofi Burbridge: keyboards, flute, vocals; Count M'Butu: percussion, vocals.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Victor | Style: Blues


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read A Dark and Stormy Day CD/LP/Track Review A Dark and Stormy Day
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Pocono Git-Down CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Rímur CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Schönbrunn CD/LP/Track Review Schönbrunn
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Blues Revival" CD/LP/Track Review Blues Revival
by James Nadal
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Shoebox View" CD/LP/Track Review Shoebox View
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 4, 2016
Read "Northern Adventures" CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Bathysphere" CD/LP/Track Review Bathysphere
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 18, 2016
Read "Funk 'n' Feathers" CD/LP/Track Review Funk 'n' Feathers
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 7, 2016
Read "Heads & Tales Volume 2" CD/LP/Track Review Heads & Tales Volume 2
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 28, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!