and Anna Minguzzi!
Text and pics by Anna Minguzzi
There are just a couple of tiny yelllow streetlights to brighten the way to let the ex Teatro dei Tamburi sticking out the countryside of Reggio Emilia. It’s raining and it seems like November.
After entering the pub, a little happiness concentrate, hospitality and excellent sounds, with warm colored walls full of Cuba pictures and a maxi screen broadcasting an Allman Brothers live let you feel the right mood.
On this little stage, facing a focused and prepared audience, the John Jorgenson Band is going to perform a very high rock degree live.
Nothing so strange if you think to the long and prolific career of the bandleader full of special collaborations probably the most famous being the one with the Elton John Band, without forgetting the country, the bluegrass and the blues ones that let this artist moving from genre to genre with a great self-confidence. With Alan Thomson on bass, Franz Bazzani on keys and Cesare Valbusa on drums, Jorgenson controls the tracklist relying just on the sensations to choose the songs to play one by one.
There is time for original songs as Here and Now or great timeless classics as 16 Tons and Tobacco Road, that gives John the chance to put down the guitar to taking on the sax.
In my secret life by Leonard Cohen is probably one of the most touching number with impressing atmospheres and whispered backing vocals a pure demonstration of the band music styles acknowledge.
In all this the key role is always the one of John Jorgenson, a consummate artist, credible never going beyond.
The sensation is to have a musician in the house that puts together versatility, technique and appeal, characteristics that can enchant anybody is listening. Not so many words to capture the audience, some licks or chords progression or precious solos to catch everybody’s attention. Never to much.
The whole skillfull instrumentalists bunch, the great amount of different music directions and the energy of the show confirm the tightness of the crew, that combines authentic emotions with the taste for melody and rock sides.
Don’t forget it when the band is going to be in town again.