I caught five concerts during the Derek Trucks Band’s 2005 European tour. I was also fortunate enough to have been at two Eric Clapton concerts in 2006. I seemed to have had a streak of luck – I was stage center in the third row for both Clapton shows, and in Frankfurt I was again in the third row. The photos (above & below) were taken from my seat with a simple digital camera (objects appear smaller than they actually are ;-)
It was actually a live radio event put on by Hessen State Radio in a beautiful room. Hopefully at some point the radio broadcast will appear on the Internet, but thankfully “Mr. Soul” put a Sony mic up near the soundboard and has uploaded the concert on the archives. Actually the recording is better than the sound I experienced near the stage, which was rather loud and somewhat distorted.
Listen to a couple of tracks:
Sahib Teri Bandi
My Favorite Things
Photos from Hessiche Rundfunk:
I’ve corresponded with several people who were seated further back and they thoroughly enjoyed the “sound.” In addition to taping the concert, Mr. Soul also took a series of excellent photos (see below) which are also available at the archives site:
Mr. Soul with the Rico Scott (DTB drummer)
For me the big surprise was Ted Nash, the composer, saxophonist, and flutist, best known for his work with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He opened the evening with the Hessen Radio Big Band, performing his suite in seven movements, “Portrait in Seven Shades.” Each movement was based on a painter whose works were projected on the big screen behind the musicians and on the left and right side of the stage.
His music was moving, interesting and beautiful. The band was fantastic – excellent drummer, and worthy of particular mention were solos by Guenter Bollmann (trombone) and Axel Schlosser (trumpet), and an wonderful vocal by Eva Mayerhofer. I ordered a Ted Nash CD from Amazon as soon as I got home. HR Photos:
HR Big Band
It was quite a night!!!!