Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Vogue Theater

Lloyd N. Peterson Jr. By

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Jimi Hendrix sometimes reached spiritual realms with his music, especially when playing with his Band of Gypsys. This was a band that gave him a platform, such as the canvas used by a painter, and it allowed him to open up all of his creative senses on a deeper level and not have to think about everyone's role and interaction. The Jimi Hendrix Experience may have been the more talented band, but it was important to think about each person's role collectively and their part within it. Like Trane, who was able to enter into a spiritual consciousness when the band would lay back, Hendrix could enter into that same realm with Band of Gypsys.

This may not describe exactly from where Trucks sometimes creates, but when the setting is right for him, I think it is close. To better understand this aspect of music, read the great book by Hazrat Inyat Khan, The Mysticism of Sound and Music.

One of the significant musical statements made this night occurred when Trucks and saxophonist, Kebbi Williams traded off one another, reminding me of the chemistry of the great jazz drummer Ed Blackwell and saxophonist Dewey Redman. They were killin' it and, truthfully, I haven't seen a mainstream band in jazz take that much risk since I last saw Ornette Coleman; but then again, there is an argument that can be made with regard to whether Coleman has any mainstream-ness at all and I say that with the deepest respect.

Tedeschi Trucks Band is a group that could play until morning and still not reach the full diversity of creative ideas and knowledge they bring together. Yet, when they are on their game, the music, sound and chemistry from these 11 musicians begins to feel like a spiritual medicine for the soul. The sound and feel becomes warmer and thicker and you begin to feel a sense of joyful beauty reaching out to you; it's then that you begin to get a sense of the creative possibilities and relevance of this band—and just perhaps, a sense of the vast musical power and beauty that came before.
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