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his appearance at Amsterdam's Melkweg along with selections from two dates in Germany at Die Kantine in Köln and
Bochum Zeche and the Paris show at New Morning. Each appearance featured a unique set list, offering Johnson the
opportunity to cull this track listing from a wealth of repertoire captured.
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One of the most spectacular things about watching Eric play live is his ability to execute these incredibly complex compositions without hint that he's exerting any effort. Unlike watching an orchestra play a fantastically rehearsed symphony, it feels like Eric, with his band, invents a symphony off the cuff.
Europe Live feels more candid than any of his previous live albums. In fact, it feels like you are sitting at a round table in an intimate nightclub setting and soaking in the flavor of every note. It's wonderful.
The set list is comprehensive, spanning from his earlier "Tones" work to include his most recent "Up Close" tracks. Zenland comes up first after a teasing hint of Venus Isle in the introduction. Austin and Forty Mile keep the momentum going before switching gears to the jazzier Mr. P.C. and Manhattan. Zap and Last House are awesome treats. And, the bass player Chris Maresh plays phenomenally on Cliffs of Dover.
New Music? "Evinrude Fever" heads up the encore. Described as "just jamming" by Eric, I sure hope this makes it to a studio release sometime in the near future!
Collectively, the Europe Live release is a wonderful compilation of Eric's work. His three-piece band has truly never sounded better.Read more ›
That's as good a criteria as any I can think of for determining what is a 'great' album.
Having been an EJ fan for almost 25 years, I'd buy anything he put out; since his releases are few and far between. That said, this has become my favorite of all of them after a few listens.
I'd love to go track-by-track to give you my thoughts, but this would be a longgggg review. Here are the high points:
Eric's playing and tone are better than ever. Zenland just screams Knopfler / Dire Straits - but oh-so-tasty. Manhatten and Forty Mile Town sparkle - that clean tone is just amazing. Zap takes us back to Tones, and is spotless. I could go on... My only critique; and it's a small one; is he starts off on a strong jazz course on the Coltrane tune Mr. P.C., but reverts back to EJ by the end. Still amazing playing, just less jazz-oriented.
The drummer, Wayne Salzmann, is nothing short of spectacular. How have I not heard of this guy outside of Eric's most recent US tour?!? I love Tommy Taylor - very Hendrix-esque drummer. Wayne is much more complex -a first-rate jazz drummer, with some serious chops. He locks into a groove on Forty Mile Town that elevates it to a whole other tune - I mean, and I don't say this lightly, it is Absolutely Amazing. The album is worth the price of admission just for this track alone. The finesse he shows on Mr. P.C. is incredible. Í play drums, and don't think I've heard a better drummer in my life.
Chris Maresh (aka Benicio Del Toro Jr.) is a strong bassist, and dishes up some tasty solos on Mr. P.C. and Zap.Read more ›
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You gotta love EJ live! I saw him at the Howard Theater in DC and he is worth it. Great CD covering a variety of his material.Published 7 months ago by G. Wolff
I love EJ's approach to music. His live tone is superb, and although it seems hard to imagine, I think he is even more on fire on this disc than the Live and Beyond disc.Published 9 months ago by M. Kellar