Listen to Long Plays during the 11 o’clock hour of The Nightside with Andy O’…these special extensive compositions needed a deeper listen.
“Echoes” (18:51) Rodrigo y Gabriela from their fifth studio album Mettavolution recorded in 2019. It won the award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
The song “Echoes” was written by members of the band Pink Floyd from their 1971 record “Meddle.” The innovative Nouveau Flamenco Duo hails from Mexico City but broke through in the busking scene in Dublin Ireland.
“When acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela gave listeners the first taste of their upcoming album, Mettavolution, they didn’t just tease them with a quick four-minute cut. Instead, they delivered a towering 19-minute take on Pink Floyd’s “Echoes,” the track that took up all of side B of 1971’s Meddle and set the band on a new trajectory. The pair are no stranger to cover tunes, having delved into Pink Floyd before with “Wish You Were Here,” along with “Stairway to Heaven” and songs by Metallica, Radiohead, and Rage Against the Machine. The results always transcend the “wouldn’t it be cute if someone played Slayer on ukulele” covers that clog YouTube, and “Echoes” might be their greatest achievement in that area thus far.” —Chris Steffen · Apr. 9, 2019 ALLMUSIC
“Let’s Call This” (18:51) Jerry Gonzalez & The Ft. Apache Band from their 1996 live recording Fire Dance.
“This is one of the best recordings by Jerry Gonzalez’s Fort Apache Band of the 1990s. For this inspired live set, four of the six selections are over ten minutes long, with Thelonious Monk’s “Let’s Call This” topping 18 minutes. No matter, the talented musicians (Gonzalez on trumpet and congas, tenor man John Stubblefield, Joe Ford on alto and soprano, pianist Larry Willis, bassist Andy Gonzalez, and Steve Berrios on drums and percussion, never seem to run out of ideas. The music is more post-bop than it is Afro-Cuban jazz, particularly when the Miles Davis-inspired Gonzalez is on trumpet, but the solos are of high quality and it holds one’s interest throughout.” —Scott Yannow ALLMUSIC
“Uptight” (15:32) Tedeschi Trucks Band written by Stevie Wonder from their second album from 2012 “Everybody’s Talking” recorded live features husband and wife team Derek Trucks on guitar and Susan Tedeschi – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, and outstanding saxophonist Kebbi Williams also shines.
The band brings their own Blues vibe to the song and then goes full out Jam from the rest with rollicking solos all around.
Long Play, a deep dive during the last hour of The Nightside into the music that time forgot.
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