– SHACK THOUGHTS – 20 YEARS AGO TODAY
Night Marchers is a favourite of mine. I love the Shack-man album version, the way it sounds like it’s falling apart just as the song is getting started. Then all the parts come together it a VERY heady groove. This particular night, early in Night Marchers’ career, finds MMW ripping the hell out of this groove — in a good way you must hear. And that’s just the first tune. The breakdown at the end marches us into Lifeblood, another favourite of mine with its dark undertones. The tune always carries weight and impact for me: Lifeblood. Think about it. The Lover drifting down into a Lonely Avenue wraps up the opening 50min of this single-set gig, and the two tunes make a good pairing.
Jelly Belly’s drive takes into a short Drum Solo that bridges into Dracula which resolves into a quick improvisation that makes way for the strangest part of the night: Hermeto’s Daydream, but not just an ordinary dream … it’s like the usual 8-11min composition is squished into just over 2min. Bizarre!
Solid runs through Think, ITAHTLMJ, and a Bass Solo > Chubb Sub close up the set — that Sub is pretty hearty!
Hendrix’s Crosstown Traffic winds up yet another “typical” ’96 MMW set — that means check it out because the guys were cookin’!
enjoy the grooves,
MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD
Zydeco’s, Birmingham, AL
Saturday, March 23, 1996
One Set: Night Marchers > Lifeblood > The Lover > Lonely Avenue, Jelly Belly > Drum Solo > Dracula > Improv > Hermeto’s Daydream*, Think, Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus, Bass Solo > Chubb Sub
Encore: Crosstown Traffic* mini-version (it’s like they play through the steps of the tune, but in only 2min)
[note by dug – Nov 2010]