Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Garage a Trois w/ Charlie Hunter @ Howlin Wolf 5/2/12

This was why I especially had to go to this particular show.  I love GAT no matter how they want to do it.  I do miss the Charlie days and longed to see it again.  When I first started seeing them, Mike Dillon was special guesting at the fest.  He soon became a permanent member, perhaps during that jazzfest run how ever many years ago.  There were lots of great shows with the 4.  Then one year Charlie wanted to move on.  That year for jazzfest we got special guest John Medeski.  Within the next year Marco was the special guest and eventually became the permanent 4th.  And all throughout it's still one of my very favorite bands.

Needless to say, I was especially excited to see a show with the old 4.  It was a good time and I was dancing.  However, there was also something lacking.  They didn't have that chemistry.  It was good, just not amazingly phenomenal as I have come to expect.  Still fun.

I like this video from that show:

Garage A Trois first formed in 1999, right after Mardi Gras, as a trio featuring Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore and Skerik. They then added Mike Dillon in 2002. In 2007 Charlie Hunter left the band and Marco Benevento joined. This union of musical forces has only increased the creative output of these musicians-and apparently really helped their grundle.

Skerik - Saxophonist: A founding member of Critters Buggin', Skerik has been known to fraternize with the Black Flames, SadHappy, Tuatara (with Peter Buck of R.E.M.), Ponga, Mike Clark's Prescription Renewal (with original Headhunters drummer Mike Clark, Charlie Hunter, Robert Walter, and DJ Logic), Crack Sabbath, Blotallica, and Elemental. Skerik has jammed with soul legend Fred Wesley, Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters, and Les Claypool's Frog Brigade. Jambase theorized that 'the rotation of our planet is somehow connected with this outer space super hero.'

Stanton Moore - Drums and Polyrhythms: Also a founding member of the New Orleans funk band Galactic, Stanton also kicked off his solo career in 1998 with and is about to release his fifth solo album, Groove Alchemy, Moore’s multimedia project that also includes an instructional book and DVD of the same name. Showing his outstanding versatility, Moore has appeared on recordings such as Heavy Metal Grammy nominees Corrosion of Conformity’s In the Arms of God, Irma Thomas’ After the Rain (winning a grammy in the process), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Boots Riley’s (the Coup) Street Sweeper Social Club, Diane Birch’s Bible Belt and Alec Ounsworth’s (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) Mo Beauty. He continues to play dates globally with an ever-evolving cast of musicians including George Porter, Jr., Leo Nocentelli (of the Meters), Charlie Hunter, John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin and Wood), Donald Harrison Jr., Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dr. John and Tab Benoit to name a few.

Marco Benevento - Keys and Organ: Marco Benevento is best known as one half of the Benevento/Russo Duo along with Joe Russo. Previously, he was a member of The Jazz Farmers, and has been a regular on the New York City contemporary, experimental jazz scene for years. He has performed with countless musicians which include, Matt Chamberlain, Charlie Hunter, John Medeski, Mike Gordon, Trey Anasatio, Eric Krasno, Wayne Krantz, John Ellis, Dave Dreiwitz, Mark Friedman, Reed Mathis, Bobby Previte, Ari Hoening, Terreon Gully, Brian Haas, DJ Olive, DJ Logic, Steven Bernsetin, Briggin Kraus, Lyrics Born, Mike Dillon, Les Claypool, Phil Lesh, Skerik, Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore and others

Mike Dillon - Percussion and Vibraphone: An original member of the eclectic Critters Buggin', Mike's current projects include the Malachy Papers, Brave Combo, Hairy Apes B.M.X., and the Black Frames. Mike has toured with Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and was described by Jambase as 'possessed with a desire to always find something new, something deliciously rhythmic in any piece.'
May 2, 2012
Howlin' Wolf
New Orleans, LA
May 4, 2012
One Eyed Jacks
New Orleans, LA

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