All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Live Reviews

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

448

Bound to Keep On Ridin': The Allman Brothers Summer Tour 2005

Doug Collette By

Sign in to view read count
The Allman Brothers Band proved again how a band can continually stretch itself by reaching both forward and backward.
The Allman Brothers Band hit a creative peak in 2003 with their first studio album in nine years, Hittin' the Note, and a spectacular extended run at The Beacon Theater in New York city. Culminating in September of 2004 with a brilliant three-night stay at the Fox Theatre back home in Georgia, the next year's worth of tours found ABB offering constant surprise in the form of songs choices, guest musicians and a connection to the band's collective past that invigorated the entire group.

Yet, you could sense this wave of inspiration cresting during this spring's appearances at the Beacon and while the shows of this summer's tour have all been memorable in their own way, there is a palpable sense ABB stands at yet another crossroads in a storied career. The highpoints of this season's roadwork, however, suggest The Brothers are more than up to the daunting task of reinventing themselves yet again.
Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester NH July 9th
The recent creative resurgence of The Allman Brothers Band has resulted in greater demand for the band, so their July 9th appearance in Manchester NH occurred in the early leg of their summer tour 2005. The shows of the next two months follow the annual run at the Beacon Theater in NY plus assorted dates later in the spring, including their own Wanee Festival in Florida, plus co-bills with Lynyrd Skynyrd to happen in the fall.

But there were no signs of fatigue on the part of the septet this Saturday. Nor any evidence of ennui either, despite a half capacity crowd at the cookie cutter arena of glass and steel. After a slightly perfunctory opening of "You Don't Love Me, and a pair of miscues on vocal by Gregg Allman, The Brothers kicked into high gear on Dr. John's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters, where Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes engaged in a guitar dialogue consisting of entire paragraphs not just phrases.

A more conventional call and response comprised the intro to Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man, sung by Haynes (as a homage to original ABB bassist Berry Oakley) in one of his few spotlights of the show; the leader of Gov't Mule continues to act as bandleader on stage for the Brothers, but this night deferred to his comrade Allman and his fretboard partner Trucks. The latter two generated another set of intense moments on "Stormy Monday, " where Gregg alternately caterwauled and crooned the vocal, inspiring Trucks to (literally) step up and play an incendiary solo to match the vocal intensity.

The final forty-five minutes of the set was comprised of a series of truly sublime segues. "Midnight Rider is usually a set piece for The Allman Brothers and the transition from Warren's countrified solo into harmony with Trucks was typically stellar.... but then the band insinuated itself into "Dreams, (the very first original song th young Allman brought to the band in '69), through the shadowy atmosphere of which Derek cut a swath with a solo as brilliant as he is likely to play.

Riding out the languorous rhythm of this song, seemingly random rhythm and melody lines morphed into "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, where Warren stepped up here as he did so rarely in the evening (his slide solo on "Statesboro Blues notwithstanding, as he demonstrated on that signature tune how he's learned the nuance of the technique); Haynes tendered a corrosive solo that set the stage for the drums interlude, where nary a beat was wasted, after which Oteil's bass segment had the serene tenor of a recital. This was an exercise in extended dynamics the likes of which most bands won't attempt, much less render successfully, and it qualified as a tour de force.
Tweeter Center For the Performing Arts, Mansfield, MA, August 20th

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Tallinn Music Week 2018 Live Reviews
Tallinn Music Week 2018
by Henning Bolte
Published: April 19, 2018
Read James Blood Ulmer and the Thing at Bochum Art Museum Live Reviews
James Blood Ulmer and the Thing at Bochum Art Museum
by Phillip Woolever
Published: April 17, 2018
Read Jocelyn Medina at Jazz at Kitano Live Reviews
Jocelyn Medina at Jazz at Kitano
by Tyran Grillo
Published: April 16, 2018
Read Marbin at The Firmament Live Reviews
Marbin at The Firmament
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 15, 2018
Read Big Ears Festival 2018 Live Reviews
Big Ears Festival 2018
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 13, 2018
Read Meg Morley Trio at 606 Club Live Reviews
Meg Morley Trio at 606 Club
by Gareth Thomas
Published: April 13, 2018
Read "Mary Fahl at The Cutting Room" Live Reviews Mary Fahl at The Cutting Room
by Tyran Grillo
Published: November 11, 2017
Read "Pat Martino at Dazzle" Live Reviews Pat Martino at Dazzle
by Douglas Groothuis
Published: September 2, 2017
Read "Berlin Jazzfest 2017" Live Reviews Berlin Jazzfest 2017
by Henning Bolte
Published: November 13, 2017
Read "Jay Phelps at the Harrow Arts Centre" Live Reviews Jay Phelps at the Harrow Arts Centre
by Barry Witherden
Published: July 25, 2017
Read "Lionel Loueke Trio at A-Trane" Live Reviews Lionel Loueke Trio at A-Trane
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: February 26, 2018