February 10, 2010
Good Stuff And Not So Good Stuff
Sound quality on this show is a little too bass heavy for my tastes. It gets a little muddy sounding at times.
Jam > Jigsaw - The jam is very good. Dubby, very good start to a show. The first Jigsaw jam is very good. It's a fast jam, but somehow Sammy manages to make you confused about whether or not it's downtempo (at times, of course). There's great interplay between Magner and Barber in this jam. The second jam has Magner rocking the angel choir, Sammy is playing for a while with the rims of his drums. I'm not sure exactly what his hands must have looked like, but this portion sounds CRAZY. Again, great communication from Barber and Sammy. The second jam really is very good. Nothing thematic going on here, but everybody seems to be playing together in a really free-flowing way. Good stuff.
CWB - There's no real "jam" here, so much as there is a lot of Barber wankery. Nothing is being built. Pretty meh.
AC2B - This jam starts out as one of the Biscuits' disconnected jams. Sometimes this is good, other times bad. This time it's good. Sammy really seems to be the driving force behind this jam, and after a minute or two of disconnectedness, the band members all seem to link up. Nothing incredible here, but decent jamming. The second jam of this AC2B is really where it's at. The 2nd jam is so pretty and beautiful sounding, and they build it up really well. This is perfect music to listen to on a sunny day.
Spy - Straightforward. I like this song a lot, but nothing more to say.
Story > 42 > RLH > 42 - The Story jam is decent. Very tom heavy from Sammy, almost giving it the same sort of tribal feel as Crystal Ball can get sometimes. Unfortunately, at this point they still haven't seemed to figure out how to jam into 42 without just starting the chord progression. I can almost forgive them actually playing this song, though, because they for the first time ever gave it a jam! And the jam turns out to actually be pretty good! Of course, it was also serving as a RLH intro jam, which may have had something to do with it. In RLH, we find ourselves with ANOTHER pretty/happy jam. Magner is playing around with a square wave synth, Sammy on ride cymbal, and Barber playing some pretty leads with lots of delay. What is it with this era and fantastic pretty jams? They pick up the pace a bit after a while and start heading towards the 42 ending, which is well done.
Mariel Bop Bop > Don > Story - The jam in MBB starts out very pretty, and actually they manage to turn this into a really good jam. Magner is doing some great textural layering in this jam, and Barber and him are communicating very well. They seem to be feeding off of one another. Mr. Don has a very fun type 1 jam where it usually does, and the jam out of it starts out very happy, but gets pretty mysterious around minute 10. Near the end of the band it gets a little too jambandy sounding for my tastes (big surprise coming from Mr. Don).
Triumph > RLH - The jam out of Triumph is a pretty generic untz jam, and that brings us back to RLH to end the show.
Overall, decent show. 3 stars. AC2B, and RLH > 42 are fantastic. Sound quality on this show is a little too bass heavy for my tastes. It gets a little muddy sounding at times.