LIVE: The Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Egg, 12/8/15

December 30th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The twelve-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band ventured through a lot of territory in their well-received two-hour performance at The Egg’s Hart Theatre, covering songs made popular by Betty Harris, Bobby “Blue” Bland, the Box Tops, George Harrison and John Prine before sending everyone home happy with a rollicking version of the Coasters’ (or perhaps you prefer Ray Charles’ rendition?) nugget “Let’s Go Get Stoned.”

That disparate range of influences only begins to suggest this ensemble’s versatility. “Don’t Miss Me,” a rare carryover from the Derek Trucks Band repertoire, began as a conventional blues then suddenly veered left into Trout Mask Replica terrain. With three horns (saxophone, trumpet and trombone) and three backing vocalists, the overall sound of the group resembled an updated version of the Stax/Volt sound crossed with Joe Cocker’s early-’70 Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Cocker more or less poached the Mad Dogs from Leon Russell, but that didn’t prevent Russell (along with compatriots Rita Coolidge and Dave Mason) from joining Tedeschi Trucks in paying tribute to Cocker’s band earlier this year at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

At The Egg, it was refreshing to witness two performers who built their sizable reputations as superb guitarists subordinate their egos to work effectively in a big-band context. On the lengthy coda to “I Want More,” Derek Trucks did get his licks in while engaging in lovely dialogue with Kofi Burbridge’s flute, a passage evocative of Traffic at its finest.

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LIVE: The Tedeschi Trucks Band @ the Palace Theatre, 12/2/12 (Take Two)

December 11th, 2012, 4:30 pm by Greg

The Tedeschi Trucks Band @ the Palace Theatre, 12/2/12

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Stanley Johnson

When a band comes to the end of a tour, there are two potential scenarios: fatigue results in a perfunctory set; or, the thrill of closing on a high note wins out. Fortunately, the latter was the case for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which played a high-octane, incredibly diverse show for over two hours at a packed Palace Theatre on a recent Sunday night.

Respectively, husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have built loyal followings in the Northeast in the past decade. Trucks led a band that averaged over 250 shows per year at one point, in addition to playing select shows with the Allman Brothers Band. Tedeschi led her own band out of Boston for many years before she and her husband started a family and set up home in Florida. Joining forces, the couple have released two excellent albums in the past two years, Revelator and the live Everybody’s Talkin’.

With a colorful aboriginal design as their backdrop, the band (two drummers, three horn players, one keyboardist, legendary Meters bassist George Porter, Jr., and guitarists Trucks and Tedeschi) took the stage to a roar unlike any heard in recent memory at the Palace. The love was mutual from the word go. A radiant Tedeschi stepped to the microphone, and the band ripped into a superbly moving take on George Harrison’s “Wah-Wah.” Vocal interplay and a beautiful slide break made “Don’t Let Me Slide” a worthy follow-up, and “Midnight in Harlem” mixed soulful sounds from the West and East. Mike Mattison, lead singer with the Derek Trucks Band, joined Tedeschi at center stage for a funky, waltzing “How It Feels,” his rasp and her sweet alto blending perfectly.

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LIVE: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ the Palace Theatre, 12/2/12

December 11th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

The Tedeschi Trucks Band @ the Palace Theatre, 12/2/12

Review by Richard Brody
Photograph by Stanley Johnson

The Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to Nippertown for a second headlining appearance in a little over a year – and that does not include their set at Mountain Jam this past spring. If last year’s show at The Egg was a home run, this month’s performance at the Palace Theatre in Albany was a grand slam. The 11-piece band wasted no time getting started with their version of George Harrison’s “Wah Wah,” but it was the full throttle Susan Tedeschi vocals and the blistering Derek Trucks guitar leads on the second number, “Don’t Let It Slide,” that set the tone for the evening.

Last year, the horns were primarily used to add some color, but this year, all three horn players -particularly Maurice Brown on trumpet and Kebbi Williams on sax – had opportunities to shine, and that was clear by the end of the second tune. From there, it was on to “Midnight in Harlem,” beginning with a brief solo by Mr. Trucks (who spliced a little sitar feel with a couple of quotes from “Little Martha”) and then Ms. Tedeschi’s soulful vocals (perfectly capturing the song’s feeling of desperation), aided by some spare, but essential, playing by Kofi Burbridge on keyboards.

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