LIVE: Matthew Stevens / Joanna Teters @ the Falcon Underground, 4/6/18
Concert Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
The audience at the Falcon Underground in Marlboro was treated to an odd concert pairing, reminiscent of some of the unusual pairings in the late ’60s and ’70s. Does anybody remember the double bill of Weather Report with B.B. King at SPAC in the mid ’70s?
Jazz guitarist Matthew Stevens with his trio featuring Eric Doob on drums and Zack Brown laid down rhythmically driven pastiches of sound. The resume for the entire trio is impressive, including stints with Christian Scott and Teri Lynn Carrington under their belts, along with Stevens’ contribution to Esperanza Spalding’s genre-bending Emily’s D+Evolution project. Yeah, their curricula vitae beyond compare. This was displayed with their whirlwind set, featuring selections from their two album releases as a band.
In contrast, Joanna Teters sound is in a neo-soul bag. Easy to listen to with a great beat and gut bucket feeling. Blues and reggae influences were clearly a part of her sound. This was sort of a homecoming for Teters, who hails from Newburgh and then studied at Berklee before setting up shop in Brooklyn.
It was a fine evening of music with two very distinctly different styles. It would be hard to compare one to the other, and that was just fine with the audience.