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– SET I (tracks 1-8) –
– SET II (tracks 9-17) –
– SHACK THOUGHTS – 10 YEARS AGO TODAY
First 2 set electric gig in a couple months and you call tell the band is enjoying themselves. MMW-only renditions of In Case The World Changes Its Mind & Miles Behind — both 1st known performances of the tunes. The opening song moves playfully through an improvisation into Shacklyn Knights and we’re off and running. Cool that Medeski sticks to the piano for the middle of the set. The latter part of the set has a great trio Tequila & Chocolate that expands into some Improv before ending up in Coconut Boogaloo > Where’s the Music to finish … that makes for a pumped ending to the set …
The 2nd set starts strong with Egbe Mi O errupting into a Drum Solo that bashes into the debut of Miles Behind. After returning to the live rotation in the fall of ’05, Nocturne was played at the early ’06 electric gigs so it was nice to see the band still throwing it into the show — it’s played with semi-regularity at MMW gigs from it’s revival in fall ’05 through to early ’07; really the tune was never played much until this time period with sporadic performances in ’98 and a single performance in ’99 before dropping out of live rotation until Oct ’05 (based on my setlist findings anyway) … all that to, again, say cool it was getting played becaused it’s a hauntingly cool tune! And fun to have a Bass Solo > Bemsha/Swing encore to end the evening …
As far as sources, both are great and welcome listens … just remember the Octava source can’t be burned to CD without resampling.
enjoy the grooves,