Umphrey’s McGee Continued Their Jake-Less Run With A Wild Performance With Joshua Redman And Spafford [Recap / Setlist]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee soldiered on with their Jake Cinninger-less run of shows through the northeast with a strong two-set performance at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY. They were joined once again by modern jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, who would perform huge chunks of both sets with the band, as well as opening act Spafford, who delivered another lights-out set to start things off.Spafford’s opening set was short but sweet. Hitting the stage at 7:30 pm, the band weaved three songs into their 40-minute support slot. Kicking things off with “Funkadelic”, the real improvisational fireworks came during “Salamander Song”, which featured a lengthy sit-in from Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee. Spafford finished their set with an energetic take on “Lonely”.Umphrey’s McGee opened their first set with a trio of classic tunes dating back to their early days. “Divisions,” “Prowler,” and “2nd Self” were all debuted between 1998 and 2000, continuing Umphrey’s feature of older songs while Jake Cinninger continues to be on the sidelines with the flu. Joshua Redman emerged in time for a rare “The Weight Around,” which was performed for the first time since September 2016, and only the thirteenth time since it’s debut in 2010. Redman would remain on stage for the rest of the set. “Gone For Good” followed, a relatively newer song that has been making its way into regular rotation after its debut on New Year’s Day in 2016. The set was brought to a close with two of the band’s biggest multi-sectional progressive songs, the reggae-tinged “Higgins” and an out-of-this-world version of “Ocean Billy”.To start set two, Redman joined the band for an interesting “1348”. The song contains one of the most famous duel-guitar moments in Umphrey’s McGee’s catalog, but Redman slotted into Cinninger’s empty spot to complete the harmony and make the song whole. It’s been an adventure watching Umphrey’s navigate their catalog without Cinninger, making the best out of a situation that’s out of their control, and perhaps this performance of “1348” found them fully comfortable on stage. “1348” then wandered off into a “Jimmy Stewart”, another segment typically led by Cinninger’s hand signals.The organized improv segment then transitioned into a fun and jazzy version of “Intentions Clear”, which was followed by the completion of “1348”. Redman stuck on stage for one more song, an epic “Walletsworth”, before taking his bow and finishing off his guest appearance. The band then hit a wild version of “40’s Theme”, which is typically sung by Cinninger, but was taken over by Cummins for a truly unique version of the song. Umphrey’s then brought the set to its conclusion with a version of “In The Kitchen” that slowly moved into “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds. For the encore, Umphrey’s busted out a song written by Cinninger and his band Ali Baba’s Tahini, “Resolution”, which then moved back into the closing stanza of “In The Kitchen”.Joshua Redman finishes his guest spots with Umphrey’s McGee tonight with a show at Anthology in Rochester, NY. Umphrey’s and Spafford will continue their tour together next weekend with three shows in Michigan. See below for full setlists from Umphrey’s McGee and Spafford from the Palace Theatre. Umphrey’s McGee | Palace Theatre | Albany, NY | 1/28/17Set One: Divisions, Prowler > 2nd Self, Weight Around[*], Gone For Good[*], Higgins[*], Ocean Billy[*]Set Two: 1348[*] > Jimmy Stewart[*] > Intentions Clear[*] > 1348[*], Walletsworth[*], 40’s Theme, In The Kitchen > Don’t You Forget About Me[#]Encore: Resolution > In The Kitchen* with Joshua Redman on Saxophone# Simple Minds coverSpafford | Palace Theatre | Albany, NY | 1/28/17Funkadelic, Salamander Song[*], Lonely* w/ Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee on keyboardlast_img