Saturday, August 2, 2008

Mack Winston & the Reflections, Live@Chessvolt 7/29/08

Mack Winston & the Reflections: Mack, Ben, Jesse, Sweet Joey, Brady

"For the Benefit of Mr. Kite, Bob Dylan challenges Jeff Lynne to a game of Pac-Man in the green room at the Ed Sullivan Theater." That was Peter's description of the band's track, Dark Dark Night.

An adaptation of a famous operatic orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1899 swarms the opening of the song like a dizzy hive of drunken bees that just got stirred up. It's a brilliant composition with all of the elements to keep you eager for more till the last drop of the song.

Brady with his kick-ass '64 Gretsch bass

Mack Winston's clever lyrics are dappled with 4-syllable words, and the combination of his alluring voice with strong rhythm section and the sweet extra compliment of Jesse, the keyboardist, on the house B3, concocts a hunger for the songs that creeps under your skin. There's even a hint of the Doors (could it be that's just because Ben, the guitarist, slightly resembles that guy......what was his name?...).

Mack on the Flying V Sweet Joey on drums

Anyway, this is rock 'n' roll, no foolin' around. Intelligent, aesthetically pleasing, the real deal.

Awesome guys, too. We could have hung around all night, a few enjoying their ride on the NightTrain Express, geeking out about gear and enjoying the company.

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