An Explocity report some concerts hit the spot.
Sometimes it?s the weather (it did rain and it beautified the air); other times it?s the ambience (Counter Culture does have great concert ambience) but one hits the jackpot when it?s simply the music.
The Wayne Krantz Trio did that for Bangaloreans on the 28th of February, 2015. The trio of Wayne Krantz (guitar), Anthony Jackson (bass) and Cliff Almond (drums) guests of Black & White Moments - hot off the tour bus - brought the house down. New York based musician Krantz has played with artists like Michael Brecker, Steely Dan, Billy Cobham. Notably, he appears on Donald Fagen?s ?Morph The Cat?. Having done a ton of sessions and live gigs, this guitarist has believed in pushing boundaries, of rock, fusion, jazz and blues. Given Krantz?s ?angular vocabulary and stinging tone?, he has been a guitarist?s guitarist, whom one reviewer calls ?the guy called on when only the best will do?. Financial Times London called him ?...a hard-edged stylist with a trailblazing technique and a penchant for complex musical narratives.?
Headlining the evening, Krantz, Jackson and Almond took the stage and took the crowd on a journey. The The set list included tracks from their latest album Good Piranha / Bad Piranha. This album has been described by Jammin Java as ?... Krantz?s full-throttle double-take on four contemporary pop and hip-hop songs, from which he plunders the textural, rhythmic and harmonic intrigue that has come to define each of his unique projects.? This was Wayne?s second tour to India ? earlier being 5 years ago.
His rhythm section featured Anthony Jackson is an American Grammy nominated bass player. He is credited with having invented the six-string bass guitar. Notable for Bangaloreans is Jackson?s city connection with Bangalorean jazz diva Radha Thomas, when he played bass on a jazz album ?Mirror Of My Mind? where she was the lead vocalist, recorded in New York City in 1979. Not to forget the drummer, Cliff Almond, who blew the audience away. Local rockers Thermal And A Quarter opened for Krantz and played songs from their latest album The Scene. Their gig included a shout out to all women as a dedication to the increasing number of women rockers in the crowd; they called it ?Dig The Chicks?. TAAQ?s music was probably more easily understood by the crowd. The evening included a TAAQ jam with Krantz and the crowd loved it. The ambience at Counter Culture facilitates intimacy between the performers and audience and allows for casual interaction between the two. (Listen to a clip: https://soundcloud.com/abstractlogix/wayne-krantz-u-cant-touch-this).
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