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My Top Ten Shows From a Stellar Music Year

I ‘only’ saw 172 shows last year, which is the lowest number since 2013 (it was late in 2013 that I started this website). Nevertheless, it still made choosing my top ten shows difficult.

As always, I do not include sets from festivals because the energy at a festival adds so much to an artist’s performance that it is unfair to compare festival sets to ‘regular’ shows. This year, however, I make mention of some sets at festivals that were especially fabulous.

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My Top Ten Shows of 2016

I saw 242 shows last year, which made choosing my top ten shows particularly difficult. While there were some shows I did not love, there were far more incredible shows.

As always, I do not include sets from festivals because the energy at a festival adds so much to an artist’s performance that it is unfair to compare festival sets to ‘regular’ shows.

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Bass and Groove Masters Were In Da House

I thought I knew what to expect from Victor Wooten, the amazing bass player who coaxes notes from the strings that I have rarely heard from other bassists. I was wrong – Victor delivered a show that was mind-bending and better than any show of his I had seen. The sold-out audience at Regattabar was the lucky recipient of this goodness.

Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten

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Bass Geniuses at Work

In a word, WOW!

the only shot I got with all five musicians

the only shot I got with all five musicians

This evening’s extraordinary concert consisted of four bass geniuses and a drummer. Whoever thinks that it would have been a boring show would be quite wrong.

The four bassists were Victor Wooten, who made his name with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Steve Bailey, the chair of the bass department at the Berklee College of Music; John Patitucci, who made his name with Chick Corea’s Electric Band; and Victor Bailey, who replaced Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report. Read the rest of this entry

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