Subject: *You Can Feel Good About 11/12/94
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 1997 16:02:19 -0500
From: zachary.[...]@yale.edu (Zach [...])
Aloha. Another thanks to Matt Kubach for providing me with great sounding
tapes of this excellent show. I know I said originally that I was going
to review all my Harrys in order but.... I lied. I'm going to be skipping
around from now on, so :-P 11/12/94 - Mac Center, Kent State - Akron,
OH 0:00 - Opening segment. Heavy bass drum from Fish. 0:15 - Nice
lifting lines from Trey. 0:30 - Sustaaaaaain. 0:55 - All Mike for a little.
Nice. 1:05 - Staccato notes from Trey with Page mimicking, Mike and Fish
quiet. 1:30 - Great interplay between Trey and Fish. Fish is almost imitating
Trey's lines on the drums... this is just the beginning of a great Harry
performance from Henrietta. 1:45 - Harry verse. 2:18 - Composed section.
Mike is playing looser here than usual. 4:33 - Heavy metal Mr. Minor. Thank
you Mr. Hoooood.... 5:22 - Jam segment. Nice mellow opening with an active
Mike and soft descending licks from Trey. 6:00 - Very slight tension building
bass line with Trey noodling on top of it. 6:35 - Textural jam beginning
here, Trey and Page must be playing with their effects. Occasional cymbal
hits from Fish. 7:15 - Still texture from Page, but Trey breaks out of
it with some nice melodies. 7:40 - Almost complete silence, but Mike maintains
a _very_ soft bass line, Fish plays hits the bass drum _very_ lightly,
and Trey does some _very_ soft work high on the 'doc. This quiet mode last
about a minute until 8:40 when Fishman resumes playing the hi-hat. Maybe
the boys thought that the crowd was particularly quiet this night or something
(although you wouldn't say that from my audience recording), because they
bring songs down very quiet numerous times in this show (Foam, Stash...).
9:00 - Mike starts building volume and momentum. 9:20 - Heavier tone from
Trey and a little later, Fishman starts bringing the tempo up. 9:50 - The
entire jam starts to build speed. No one's out in front here. This is a
real difference from the pre-92 Hoods I've reviewed so far. Trey was always
out in front in those. Some collective noodling for _awhile_. 10:40 - Fish!!
This is some of the best work I've heard Tubbs do in a Harry! Some great
fills, some nice beat changes and accents... listen to Fishman in this
version. 11:00 - Finally, Trey sounds like he's about to bust out... and
he does!! Fish is still going crazy, but faster now. 11:30 - Now Page joins
the up-tempo with some key pounding. Not quite the Medeski-esque stuff
he's been doing recently, but some serious energy here. Release from Trey!
Give it to me! 12:00 - Great group work here! Intense. Trey is soaring,
Mike is playing a melodic bass line, Fish is still going NUTS. 12:30 -
Trey hits a NOTE of release. (I would call it THE NOTE, but I'm not sure
if that's specific to YEM...) 12:45 - More great work from Moses Heaps!
This is the best I've heard him in the jam! I've had to mention him so
many times in this review that I'm calling him something different every
time ;-) 13:20 - Trey sounds like he's bringing it into the ending with
a little You Can Feel Good theme, but he might not be... I only say that
because it sounds akin to 10/23/94 when they play the false ending... they
do extend it while, but not too long... 13:55 - You can feel good... I
feel good! Total Time = 14:17 Grade: A-. A must hear Harry Hood.
Just wonderful GROUP work here. I'm surprised they didn't put this one
on ALO. The ALO version has a longer, spacier intro., which is nice, and
it has the false ending, but it doesn't have the powerful jam in the last
four minutes that this one does. Still they're close, and this one definitely
deserves an A-, so I might have to retroactively give 10/23/94 a B+. Ah,
who gives a shit, these grades are all meaningless anyway! :-) If you're
wondering why this doesn't get the full A, after listening to 12/5/95 yesterday,
there is _something_ missing from this version. Maybe I'll figure it out
when I review 12/5. Until then.... Zach