jazz is useless has been taking part in instrumental jazz-tinged variations of Grateful Lifeless songs since 1998, making 2023 its twenty fifth anniversary 12 months. Since its inception, the band has been a rotating solid of characters, however there from the start has been bassist alphonse johnsongreatest identified for his work with the jazz fusion outfit Climate Report. Alphonso isn’t any stranger to the Grateful Lifeless world, having been an authentic member of Bob Weir‘s Bobby and the Midnights within the early Nineteen Eighties and the 2000 incarnation of the post-Garcia Lifeless spin-off The Different Onesthe place he crossed paths with guitar wizard Steve Kimock.
Kimock is himself an integral member of the Grateful Lifeless prolonged household, having performed in Keith and Donna Godchaux‘s Coronary heart of Gold Band, Kingfishand later ratdog that includes Bob Weir, and the late ’90s model of Phil Lesh & Mates. He shared the stage with Jerry Garcia in 1988 when Jerry sat-in with Zeroone other psychedelic San Francisco band with lyrics penned by Robert Hunter and whose membership included Martin Fierrowho performed with Jerry in Legion of Mary and was a visitor saxophonist on the Grateful Lifeless album Wake of the Flood. Subsequently, Kimock tapped Johnson to be the bass participant within the early 2000s for his fondly remembered, mind-melting mission of his, Steve Kimock Band.
Notably, 2023 occurs to be the fiftieth anniversary of the traditional 1973 Grateful Lifeless album Wake of the Flood, so to rejoice the twin anniversaries of Jazz Is Lifeless and that album, Johnson put collectively an in depth coast-to-coast Jazz Is Lifeless tour. Reunited as soon as extra for the present incarnation are Alphonso and Steve Kimock with the addition of drummer Pete Lavezzolimost likely greatest identified for his longtime stint in Melvin Seals & JGBand Bobby Lee Rodgerspreviously of Codetalkers on guitar and banjo.
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The cease in Denver on the swanky Paramount Theater on January 15, 2023 was a largely sit-down affair, although the band had the viewers leaping as much as dance at a number of factors within the night. The primary set consisted of the album Wake of the Flood performed in its entirety instrumentally, however jammed out to succeed in avant garde areas not usually heard in renditions of its songs. Replete with unbelievable bass solos by Johnson, jazz-flavored psychedelic guitar solos by Kimock on hollow-body, electrical, and lap metal guitars, Rodgers’ otherworldly-sounding guitar and banjo performed by a Leslie speaker, and Lavezzoli protecting the beat with precision, the viewers was handled to an hour-and-45-minute set of exploratory magic.
Notably notable was the seldom-covered funky rendition of the Keith Godchaux- and Robert Hunter-penned “Let Me Sing Your Blues Away”, a hauntingly lovely “Stella Blue” performed by Kimock on lap metal, and the complete B facet of Wake of the Flood, consisting of “Right here Comes Sunshine”, “Eyes of the World”, appropriately performed within the Grateful Lifeless’s jazzy 1973–1974 fashion, and the total Climate Report Suite. The 40-plus-minute second set consisted of simply two songs, “Darkish Star” and the total Terrapin Station Suite, every jammed out to the max. The band then retook the stage for the encore of one other jazzy, psychedelic tune, the odd-time signature tune “The Eleven”.
Because the lights went up within the lovely Paramount Theatre, quite a few jaws had been agape at what the viewers had simply skilled. The present Jazz Is Lifeless tour is a lot greater than a Grateful Lifeless tribute. It’s a distinctive, wildly exploratory leap into the Grateful Lifeless repertoire that ought to completely not be missed!
The tour continues this Tuesday in Phoenix, with upcoming stops in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York. Click on under to view a listing of upcoming tour dates. Tickets can be found through ticket grasp and AXS.
Jazz Is Lifeless – “Stella Blue” – 1/15/23
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Jazz Is Lifeless Wake Of The Flood 2023 Tour:
1.17.23 Phoenix AZ/ Celeb Thr.
1.19.23 Madison WI/ Barrymore Thr.
1.20.23 Des Plaines IL/ Des Plains Thr.
1.21.23 St. Charles IL/ The Arcata
1.22.23 Cleveland OH/ The Agora
1.24.23 Boston MA/ The Wilbur
1.25.23 Glenside PA/ The Keswick Thr.
1.26.23 Tarrytown NY/ Tarrytown Music Corridor
1.27.23 New York NY/ The Palladium at Occasions Sq.
1.28.23 Jim Thorpe PA/ Penns Peak
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Setlist: Jazz Is Lifeless | Paramount Theater | Denver, CO | 1/15/23
Set 1: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Let Me Sing Your Blues Away, Row Jimmy, Stella Blue, Right here Comes Sunshine, Eyes of The World, Climate Report Suite
Set 2: House, Darkish Star, Terrapin Station Suite
Encore: The Eleven