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AUDIO: Jose James & Kris Bowers 4/18/14 Boston, MA @ Sculler’s Jazz Club

Jose James - Sculler's Jazz Club

While I happened to be in Boston last weekend to cheer my sister in law on in the marathon, I was also able to take the whole family to Sculler’s Jazz Club to catch Jose James, someone who has been on my must see list for quite some time now.

First we were treated to a great opening set by Jose’s keyboardist, Kris Bowers and his group who had recently released a very forwarding thinking jazz/fusion/stretch album. The highlight of the opening set for me was the opening part of their last tune in which Kris set the tone with a beautiful solo rendering of the melody on his Fender Rhodes piano. You can hear it at the bottom of this page.

Less than 15 minute later Jose James and band jumped on stage for a stunning 63 minute set that began with 5 songs from his new album, While You Were Sleeping, which comes out on Blue Note Records on June 10th.

The 5 new songs, which you can hear here, are definitely a new direction for Jose and are likely partly influenced by this new guitarist, Brad Williams. These were followed by Come To My Door, a beautiful cover of Simply Beautiful by Jose’s Blue Note label mate the Reverend Al Green, and Trouble.

The real highlight, though, was the 20 minute set closer. It began with Jose’s acapella remix/rendering of the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” before launching into Park Bench People (Jose’s tune, which is arranged around Freddie Hubbard‘s “Red Clay” groove). The band stretches way out and then Jose brings it back with a distorted interpolation of Nirvana‘s “Something In The Way” before reprising Sam Cooke acapella again. It was nothing short of stunning and you have to scroll up to the top of this page and press play to hear it!

My location in the front row, just right of center, made for a great recording from my Tascam DR-2d in my shirt pocket. And you can download FLAC’s of the entire show using the links below.

Jose James
April 18, 2014
Boston, MA @ Sculler’s Jazz Club
internal mics > Tascam DR-2d > WAV > CD Wave Editor (tracking) > FLAC
Location: front row, right of center
Taped by FunkItBlog

TORRENT DOWNLOAD HERE

01. Angel
02. U r the 1
03. While You Were Sleeping
04. Anywhere U Go
05. Bodhisattva
06. Come To My Door
07. Simply Beatiful [Al Green cover]
08. Trouble
09. Park Bench People (inc. A Change Is Gonna Come [Sam Cooke] & Something In The Way [Nirvana])

Jose James – vocals, guitar
Kris Bowers – keys
Solomon Dorsey – bass, Moog synthesizer, vocals
Brad Williams – guitar
Richard Spaven – drums

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Kris Bowers
April 18, 2014
Boston, MA @ Sculler’s Jazz Club
internal mics > Tascam DR-2d > WAV > CD Wave Editor (tracking) > FLAC
Location: front row, right of center
Taped by FunkItBlog

TORRENT DOWNLOAD HERE

01. Wake The Neighbors
02. Forget-Er
03. #TheProtester
04. Forever Spring

Kris Bowers – keys
Solomon Dorsey – bass, Moog synthesizer, vocals
Brad Williams – guitar
Justin Tyson – drums

Late Night At The Maple Leaf – Jazz Fest 2013

Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore, Marc Benevento, & Mike Dillon

Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore, Marco Benevento & Mike Dillon
May 4, 2013 (actually 3am to 6 am on the morning of May 5th, 2013)
New Orleans, LA @ The Maple Leaf Bar

Set One (Part 1 of 2):
Margie [Jim Reeves cover] (Stanton & Johnny only), Drums > Improv, Whole Lotta Fun > Dr. Watson:

Set One (Part 2 of 2):
Smacksie [James Booker cover] > Junco Partner [James Booker cover], Stuck In Hell, Fat Redneck Gangster [Garage A Trois cover], ?Improv?, Resentment Incubator [Garage A Trois cover]:

Set Two (Part 1 of 2):
Here Come The Girls [Ernie K-Doe cover], I Don’t Know > Accentuate The Positive > The Real Morning Party, DVS (Dillon, Vidacovich, Singleton theme song) > Get Small > $100:

Set Two (Part 2 of 2):
?Improv?, ??? (inc. I Ain’t Buyin’), Gonzo [James Booker cover], Fragile [Garage A Trois cover]:

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For more Late Night At The Maple Leaf auditory experiences, check out Picklemic’s 2013 uploads:

Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr. & Sonny Landreth 4/25/13
Garage A Vidacovich (Johnny Vidacovich, Charlie Hunter, Skerik & Mike Dillon) 4/26/13
Terence Higgins, Marco Benevento, Roosevelt Collier, & DJ Logic in Electro Rage 4/26/13
The Absolute Monster Dumpstaphunklemen aka Maple Leaf Allstars (Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, Big D Perkins, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber & Jeff Watkins) 4/28/13
Johnny Vidacovich, Jeff Coffin, Felix Pastorius & Futureman 4/28/13
The Booker Thing! (Johnny Vidacovich, Marco Benevento & Reggie Scanlan) 4/30/13
Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville & June Yamigishi 5/1/13
Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr., Marco Benevento & Skerik 5/2/13

Skerik’s Bandalabra, The Mike Dillon Band & The Dead Kenny G’s – Live at Cosmic Charlies

Skerik’s Bandalabra
September 18, 2012 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies

Charlie Don’t Like It, A Love Supreme (John Coltrane cover), ???, Equinox (John Coltrane cover), ?Freeborn?:

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The Dead Kenny G’s
May 27, 2012 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies

PART 1:
Black Truman (Harry The Hottentot), Birther Blues, ???, ???, Gazzelloni [Eric Dolphy cover]

The Dead Kenny G’s
May 27, 2012 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies

PART 2:
Punk Rock Girlfriend > Like A Rhinestone Cowboy, Gorelick, Daddy Issues (Skerik on guitar), Beer (Skerik on guitar), Trivial Assault, Kill The Poor [Dead Kennedy's cover] > ?Jam? (announced as “I Love Old Man Magoo”)

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Mike Dillon Band
August 11, 2012 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies

SET ONE:
???, Harris County, DVS, ???, GoGo’s Theme, Leather On, Fat Redneck Gangster > Percussion Outro

Mike Dillon Band
August 11, 2012 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies

Set TWO:
???, “The Rainbow Is Missing A Stripe”, Saturn Returns, River Is Burning, Bullsnake, Iphone/Android > “The Gangsta’s Can’t Keep Us Down” > Old Rock Star, Your Mother Was My Teacher, Flourescent Sunburn, Out Demons, Surfin With You, Cedar, Yeah It’s Christmas (So You Went and Shot Some Dope)