Who doesn't love Govt Mule? Nobody who's heard them, I dare say. I pity the souls who see the Mule as only a hard rock band. They are, in fact, an "anything they want to be" band. One of the joys of a Mule concert is the guarantee of at least one or two surprises in the set lists.
Who doesn't love mega-guitarist John Scofield? Fans of Miles Davis first heard him back in the '80s on Star People, Decoy, and You're Under Arrest. Sco also played on albums by Chet Baker, Billy Cobham, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus and numerous other jazz notables.
He also play with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Sco is so much more than "just a jazz guitarist".
And the proof is here.
When I first heard him on Govt. Mule's Deep End Vol. 2, I was blown away. I wanted to hear more of this configuration.
And more was on the way.
Dr. Dan Matrazzo came aboard on keyboards. I was impressed with his work with Col. Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners. I knew he'd be a great fit. And he was. When he and Sco appeared at 2013's Christmas Jam, we were treated to such a fine set that we dared to wish for more.
Over a decade passed since their first shows. Finally Sco-Mule the album was released and It was worth the wait.
Not only did we get some great tunes by Sco and Govt. Mule, like Hottentot and Kind of Bird, we also were treated to fantastic extended covers of Spanish Moon and Freeway Jam.
Special guest guitarists Jimmy Herring and Fred Barnes added even more dazzle and flair.
Could we possibly ask for more? Yes, soon after the release of Sco-Mule they hit the road for an incredible spring tour. What more could we possibly want? How about Island Exodus for another run of my new favorite band?
That dream will come true for a few lucky souls.