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Eric Benny Bloom & his Lettuce cohorts pay tribute to Miles Davis with “Bitches Bloom” late night jazz fest gig at the Blue Nile

Bitches Bloom at Blue Nile

Bitches Bloom – May 2nd, 2017 – New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 1 of 4:
Sivad > Benny Runs The Voodoo Down >

Bee Getz as quoted in his NOLA Jazz Fest After-Dark 2017 overview review at Live For Live Music:

Bitches Bloom followed DRKWAV’s phantasmagorical performance Tuesday night at the Blue Nile, and the Royal Fam regiment immediately distinguished themselves from the dozens of other tributes taking place around town. Helmed by Lettuce trumpet player Eric “Benny” Bloom, Bitches Bloom took a long, hard look into the Miles Davis catalog of the late 60’s and dawn of the 70’s. Bloom employed a sort of method acting, mean-mugging and glaring at his assembled players until they achieved tone and textures to his liking, just as Davis would do to start performances in those times. Bloom was joined by Lettuce co-conspirators Adam Deitch (drums), Nigel Hall (keys), Ryan Zoidis (sax), and Jesus Coomes, who handled the Michael Henderson basslines with aplomb.

Bitches Bloom – May 2nd, 2017 – New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 2 of 4:
Shhh/Peaceful > It’s About That Time >

Benny Bloom was master of ceremonies and star of this serenade. The steamy, foreboding performance saw sit-ins from Wil Blades (organ) and trumpet mavens Maurice “Mo Betta” Brown and Aaron Janik. Benny meticulously searched deep into the annals of this era, and the setlist included opener “Sivad,” a harrowing revamp entitled “Benny Runs the Voodoo Down,” “Right Off,” “It’s About that Time,” “Jean Pierre,” this writer’s favorite jam “Black Satin” (off of 1972’s brilliant On the Corner). Be advised that the separations hardly mattered, as they were just shifts in groove that altered the time-space continuum. Leaving the Blue Nile sometime near 4 a.m., we were left shaking our heads at how Benny and company had so effectively mined the Miles zeitgeist whilst delivering this shell-shocking, inventive performance. Bitches Bloom found itself immediately on the short list of the finest shows at Jazz Fest 2017, a testament to the modus operandi of this murderers’ row.

Bitches Bloom – May 2nd, 2017 – New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 3 of 4:
Right Off (with Aaron Janik & Maurice Brown) > Improv?

Bitches Bloom – May 2nd, 2017 – New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 4 of 4:
Black Satin > Jean Pierre

Bitches Bloom
May 2nd, 2017
New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile

Sony ECM-MS908C stereo mic > Canon XA-20 video cam as LPCM 16/48 audio > 16/44 WAV > FLAC

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01. Sivad >
02. Benny Runs The Voodoo Down >
03. Shhh/Peaceful > It’s About That Time >
04. Right Off (with Aaron Janik & Maurice Brown) >
05. Improv?
06. Black Satin >
07. Jean Pierre

Eric Benny Bloom as Miles Davis – trumpet, keyboards, percussion
Ryan Zoidis – saxophone
Adam Deitch – drums
Jesus Coomes – bass
Wil Blades – keyboards
Nigel Hall – keyboards

Guests:
Maurice Brown – trumpet
Aaron Janik – trumpet

Bitches Bloom at Blue Nile

VIDEO: Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special with John Medeski, Kirk Joseph & Terence Higgins

Will Bernard's Blue Plate Special with John Medeski & Kirk Joseph

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special 4/30/15 New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room
Part 1 of 3:
Baby Goats (second half), Blister

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special 4/30/15 New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room
Part 2 of 3:
Dead Dog In The Street [Kirk Joseph] > Tubby [James Booker cover]

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special 4/30/15 New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room
Part 3 of 3:
Set Two: Awanna (with Wil Blades) > 571 (with Wil Blades), Adele [Kirk Joseph], Briar Patch [Brother Jack McDuff cover], You Haven’t Done Nothin’ [Stevie Wonder cover]
Encore: Wiggly’s Way [Medeski Martin & Wood cover]

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special
April 30, 2015
New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room

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Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Phil Harris – PH Balanced Recordings
SBD matrix: Schoeps CCM5’s + Royer SF12 > 4 x Forssell SMP-500a / Radial Six Pack Workhorse > Tascam DR-70D at 24/96
-mics onstage center
-Schoeps positioned horizontally (ORTF/Cardioid) at 4′
-Royer positioned vertically (Blumlein) at 5′
-mixed & processed to 16/44 with L3 + Cubase 7

Set One – 11pm:
01. Inside Straight [Cannonball Adderley / Dirty Dozen Brass Band cover] >
02. Baby Goats
03. Blister
04. ???
05. Dead Dog In The Street [Kirk Joseph] >
06. Tubby [James Booker cover]

Set Two – 12:45pm:
07. Awanna > (with Wil Blades)
08. 571 (with Wil Blades)
09. Adele [Kirk Joseph]
10. Briar Patch [Brother Jack McDuff cover]
11. You Haven’t Done Nothin’ [Stevie Wonder cover]
Encore:
12. Wiggly’s Way [Medeski Martin & Wood cover]

Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special:
Will Bernard
– guitar
John Medeski – organ, piano
Kirk Joseph – sousaphone
Terence Higgins – drums

Guests:
Wil Blades
– organ

Will Bernard's Blue Plate Special with Wil Blades

Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk & Bear Creek Allstars come together at Bear Creek Music Fest 2013

Bear Creek 2013

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 1 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Dumpstaphunk plus Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall, Ryan Zoidis, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik:
Bop Gun (Endangered Species) [Parliament cover] , Dr. Funkenstein [Parliament cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 2 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Baby, I Do Love You [Greg Phillinganes cover], For My Friend [Bill Withers cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 3 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Need To Understand > Jam (with Ivan Neville, then Andrew Block joins and Dave Watts swaps with Nikki, then Wil Blades swaps with Neal Evans, then Eric Vogel swaps with Jesus, then Robert Walter swaps with Ivan Neville, then Joey Porter swaps with Wil Blades, then Matt Grondin joins on guitar.)

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Lettuce - Bear Creek 2013

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Mr. Yancey > Workinonit > Body Movin (J Dilla Tribute)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Salute (with George Porter Jr, Cheme Gastelum & Weedie Braimah)
Lettsanity (with Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & Cheme Gastelum)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Do It Like You Do (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Making My Way Back Home (inc. P-Funk Do That Stuff remix) (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Encore: Madison Square

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Dumpstaphunk - Bear Creek 2013

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Know You Know (with Cheme Gastelum, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)
Raise The House (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Wish You Would (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
If I’m In Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up [Betty Davis cover], Put It In The Dumpsta