I really felt like Miles Davis' spirit was there. It was really special. It was very loose and relaxed and totally raucous. I'm surprised I didn't get up and find myself a dancing spot.
It didn't resemble the Town Hall show much, except for the killer long tabla solo. That was as wicked as before. The 3 traditional Indian guys sat on the floor, tablas, sitar, and some kind of tribal flute. There was no carnatic violin this time.
There were 2 drum kits. Awesome! One drummer was especially intense. I love loud intense drums. And this music really lent itself to it.
Then we had a great electric bass and a good guitar. I made sure to go to a set with Nicholas Payton and Bill Evans. Since I didn't have a res, that meant the late set. That was a good idea because they had the tighter "popular show" setup and it wasn't overcrowded.
There was also a keyboard player and of course Rudresh Manhanthappa. He is blown away amazing and really should have as big a following as Nicholas Payton.
It was incredibly awesome and well worth staying up for. We really screamed for an encore, but they couldn't do it. It ended at midnight.
Miles From India
NICHOLAS PAYTON – TRUMPET(FIRST 2 NIGHTS)
TIM HAGANS(NEXT 2 NIGHTS) ( USA )
JOHN BEASLEY – PIANO/KEYBOARDS (USA)
VICTOR BAILEY – BASS ( USA )
RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA – SAXOPHONES (USA-INDIA)
BILL EVANS – SAXOPHONES (FIRST 2 NIGHTS)
DAVE LIEBMAN – SAXOPHONES (APRIL 30)
PETE COSEY – GUITAR ( USA )
BADAL ROY – TABLA (USA-INDIA)
LENNY WHITE – DRUMS ( USA ) APRIL 28TH & MAY 1
NDUGU CHANCLER – DRUMS ( USA ) APRIL 29TH AND 30TH.
VINCE WILBURN – DRUMS ( USA )
HIDAYAT KHAN – SITAR/VOCAL ( INDIA )
V.K. RAMAN – FLUTE/VOCAL( INDIA )