Who better to lead to recreate a landmark collaborative album between a guitar and keyboard player than a drummer?
When that drummer is Joe Russo -- mastermind bandleader behind Joe Russo's Almost Dead, an ensemble that recontextualizes not only Grateful Dead music, but also breathes new life into the very concept of a live concert "tribute".
On Friday night, he and a band of top notch musicians assembled especially for the occasion, tacked the landmark 1971 Jerry Garcia/Howard Wales album Hooteroll?. It wasn't just a straight reading either. Russo and the band channelled the album's fusion vibe into additional covers by Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and Gary Burton, which were mixed in amongst the album's tracks.
Russo also debuted an original composition, "Song For Buddy", to open the second set.
It was an ambitious performance that was appreciated by the Capitol crowed. It oobviously meant a lot to Russo. He shared the following, "I also want to give a deeply heartfelt thank you to the audience last night. Not sure I've ever had the pleasure of playing a show like that, to such an engaged, respectful and attentive audience. It was greatly appreciated by all of us in the band and really made the night even more special.:
Archive.org user nico11104 has shared audio of the entire set.
Joe Russo Presents Hooteroll? + Plus
Exploring the Works of Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales + Others
Stuart Bogie: Saxophone, Flute, Percussion
Erik Deutsch: Keyboards, Piano
Jonathan Goldberger: Guitar
Dave Harrington: Bass
Kevin Kendrick: Vibraphone, Keyboards, Percussion
Jordan McClean: Trumpet, Percussion
Joe Russo: Drums
Morning In Marin (Garcia/Wales)
Vox Humana (Carla Bley)
Uncle Martin’s (Garcia/Wales)
Da Birg Song (Garcia/Wales)
Unfinished Sympathy (Gary Burton)
DC - 502 (Garcia/Wales)
Song For Buddy (Russo)
Up From The Desert (Garcia/Wales)
Spiral Dance (Keith Jarrett)
One A.M. Approach (Garcia/Wales)
A Trip To What Next (Garcia/Wales)
What I Say (Miles Davis)
E: South Side Strut (Garcia/Wales)
A few offical videos were shared via facebook.
Here's a webcast rip of the entire show (for as long as that lasts).