Where jazz meets the blues...
Recorded at the Montreux Festival, this jazz/blues band of ‘legends’ features Eric Clapton, drummer Steve Gadd, Bassist Marcus Miller, pianist Joe Sample and saxophonist David Sanborn.
Avoiding the anally retentive fusion, this is a pleasant and easily accessible show. Clapton’s guitar is largely turned down, with Sanbourne’s sax leading proceedings just a little too much .And while some slap bass is great in the right place, it likewise can get annoying when relied on too much.
It is several songs in before we get any real blues guitar work or vocals.
A range of blues and jazz rhythms to make for enjoyment, but it’s not heavy, pleasant music for the masses. But that’s always been Clapton’s take on the blues anyway.
There are some acoustic moments, and a take on “Layla” which will please fans.
This is too jazzy for the casual blues fan, this concert does have it’s moments.
Review by Joe Geesin