Bill Evans, Doyle Bramhall II Help the Allman Brothers Band Close United Palace Run
The Allman Brothers Band closed its eight-show run at New York’s United Palace Theater Saturday night. Like most of the band’s gigs at the United Palace Theater, this weekend’s guests were mostly drawn from within the extended ABB family, with a few notable exceptions. On Thursday night, Gregg Allman & Friends guitarist Scott Sharrard emerged near the end of the band’s first set for “You Don’t Love Me,” while Gregg Allman & Friends saxophonist Jay Collins appeared later in the night on both “Desdemona” and a show-closing “Whipping Post.” The performance was also notable for an extended “Mountain Jam” that segued throughout musicians’ second set.
Likewise, on Friday night Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis sat in on “Soulshine,” “Good Morning Little School Girl” and the recently revived Warren Haynes/Dickey Betts original “Kind of Bird” during the ensemble’s first set. The band returned second set with guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and session drummer Justin Stanley for its first take on “Meet Me In The Bottom” (ABB guitarist Derek Trucks toured the world with Bramhall as a member of Eric Clapton’s band). Later in the show, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band guitarist Jr. Mack appeared on “Stormy Monday,” while the band’s saxophonist Kris Jensen emerged for an extended “Jessica.” Finally, at the end of the night Bramball returned to the stage for the lone encore of “One Way Out.”
The run came to a close last night with another guest-heavy performance. The Allman Brothers Band’s first set included Derek Trucks Band flutist Kofi Burbridge on “No One to Run With.” Noted jazz saxophonist Bill Evans also surprised many by emerging for both “Dreams” and “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.” Derek Trucks Band Todd Smallie also joined the group later in the night.
Friday and Saturday’s performances included two different takes on Duane Allman’s “Little Martha,” a song the Allman Brothers Band revived last year after an extended absence. Bassist Oteil Burbridge performed a solo version of the song during “Jessica” Friday night, while the Allmans offered a full band version of the song that included an instrumental take on Betts’ “Blue Sky” Saturday night.