The first thing that catches your attention about Maaze is that they aren’t just another Grateful Dead cover band jamming the tunes Garcia, Lesh and Weir popularized so many moons ago. What Maaze does do – and does very well – is capture a 1960s vibe and thrust it squarely in the middle of a contemporary jam band setting.
Yes, there’s a little Dead thrown in here and there, but Maaze takes to another level, mixing a handful of originals with, for example, the funk-jazz tunes by the likes of keyboard-jazzer Herbie Hancock.
At Putnam Den, the band launched into Hancock’s “Chameleon,” which became a launching pad for special guest saxman Kenny Brooks to blow dynamic tenor lines clear past the ozone layer with the same vigor and passion that he exhibited during his tenure with Bob Weir’s Ratdog.
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