The only fault I can give this show was its short length -- around 85 minutes. That said, I had not been there since the November 2003 Phil run at the Denver Fillmart.
Every minute of the show was high quality from start to finish, with all the soundscapes and pieces effectively stating their points, and loaded with great energy. Mickey was way cool all night, and Zakir Hassein, Giovanni Hidalgo and Sikiru Adepoju were simply masterful. Not a single piece ran too long, and I hadn't danced like that in a long time.
Best of all, there were no GD references at all! No cheesy takes of Iko or Fire On The Mountain. This was a trip to The Zone; deliciously weird in all the right places. I do not know any of the titles of the pieces, but there was an exotic array of percussion; including pieces of fossil wood that dates back to the Civil War and redwoods from Sonoma County that Mickey and Zakir played.
Despite the short length...simply put, see this tour, folks! Easily the best post-GD show I've attended since the Phil run in November 2003. Period!
I've got my tix for Thursday in Berkeley! I've seen Mickey and Zakir play together so many times over the years and they've never disappointed. It is always heavy, grown-up music; good on you for going!
Thanks for the review.
Great to hear the positive review! Reading that sold me on the Byham Theatre show in Pittsburgh.
>>>I've got my tix for Thursday in Berkeley!<<<
Whoops! It's WSP on Thursday, Mickey is Friday.
And I'm checking out a band called Mute Math tomorrow at the Fillmore. I know NOTHING about them except I saw them on TV and it looked like they could play their instruments & had something to offer. We'll see.
One of my friends taped the show, and I heard a portion of the "raw" recording tonight. My friend will be remastering it, and once it's on a bittorrent site, I'll post the link. It'll definitely be a keeper!
FYI, the show ended abruptly and awkwardly. Mickey then totally bullshitted the crowd with a remark,"We have a long drive tonight." They were playing in Denver the next night. I really expected two sets. Quite an underwhelming show.
Disappointing to say the least.
Brian, all the shows are that length. It was the quality that matters...
Quality and energy was lacking also. Nothing really happened, then it ended. IMO
See you all at The Phillmore!