Sunday, January 30, 2011

When a Live Concert Truly Is aLive

Listened the other night to a friend of a friend playing drums with a band down from Boston, a band playing downtown at the Rockwood Music Hall -- a hole in the wall sort of place with brick walls, an old-school bar, a few mid-sized tables, stools, and fifty or so people stuffed inside.

Drinking my rum and coke, bobbing my head and tapping my foot, I figured This band is pretty good.

But honestly, they are.
Otis Grove.
First, check out a sampling of their music here.
Then, check out their show schedule, and see if you can make it happen sometime in February or March. You won't regret it.

See, 'cause they're sorta like Phish -- improv and extended jamming, in concert.
And they are sorta like Medeski Martin & Wood -- they're a trio and have got a Hammond Organ.

Wait. You've never heard of MMW? Well, whatever. That's neither here nor there. The important thing to understand is, Otis Grove having a Hammond Organ is what makes them really great.
And for those of you (like me) who'd never heard of the Hammond until now, it's like a keyboard with an electronic/funky groove. Very synthesizer-ish. And groovy.

The band Otis Grove crosses and re-crosses genre boundaries: from jazz to funk to hip-hop back to jazz, stir in some old-fashioned rock, throw in a dash of soul, and you've got the soul-smiling, groove-getting, fantastic-phonic blend that is Otis Grove.

They jam, and they jam well.      Give 'em a listen.

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