Seeing Novice Theory at the Rockwood Music Hall with a full band of supportive and talented musicians was an inspired way to close out a year and get ready for a new one. Whether solo or with a band, Novice Theory's music performance has electrical conductivity directly aimed to charge an audience. Mission accomplished!
Geo Wyeth has the ability to inspire listeners and fellow musicians. This was the first chance I got to see him with a assembled cast of exceptional musicians. What was so obvious was the genuine love they have for Geo and how much they enjoy bringing his music vision to fruition.
The fuller bodied sound of Jazz offshoots added to Geo's expanded lyrical palette beyond the autobiographical to include a tapestry of uniquely urban wit and insight. Last night they played work from the recently released EP Ordinary Death along with one freshly presented newer song. I like chances like that!
The sandwiched crowd at the small venue begged for an encore and we were treated to an older song played solo on accordion that was performed back in 08 on the Jools Holland Show in the UK.
It is wonderful to post this and to include The Music Slut's take as well. It is not often that I can share an experience with someone who enjoys music as music as I do and makes me feel comfortable in such close quarters.
Timothy Johnson - flute; Keith Parker - percussion; Daniel Arnow - bass; Brian Newman - trumpet; Tina Richerson - baritone sax; Geo Wyeth - vocals, guitar, piano, squeezebox;