Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Jason Ricci Rocked San Jose; I'm still recovering

Check this video....not from San Jose, but played with the same energy:

In San Jose Sunday, Jason Ricci played four hours....from 9 p.m. till 1 a.m., with only one short break.

The band didn't muck around between songs...and I have to give the San Jose audience credit: they were taken and giving him big ovations from the minute he stepped on the stage at JJ's Blues. And it wasn't just a bunch of harmonica geeks....but genuine music afficianados.

Hey, they were out late on the first school night of the week, and that says something. Also, they were way ahead of the curve on an artist who has huge potential. If he had played in the 1960s, he'd be as well known as Eric Clapton or Mick Jagger.

Can the same thing happen today? Maybe. Hell, he'd be happy to be on a level with Derek Trucks, playing jazz, rock and blues and touring in a bus, not a van.

And one can't forget his band, New Blood, is like a Supergroup. Shawn Starski on guitar, Buckweed on bass and Ron Sutton on drums are each stellar. They keep up and push Ricci, who played a set of about 90 percent originals from his new disc, "Rocket Number 9," which is named for a song by jazz master Sun Ra, the album's only cover.

I could go on and on...but check some of the videos on Youtube...they say more than I can.

Note: no other Bay Area media has covered this guy: that's ridiculous. But you get what you pay for.


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