It’s been a big week for guitarist Eric Krasno. In addition to playing his first gig as the interim guitarist with Circles Around The Sun and releasing his stellar new concept album, TELESCOPE, Krasno brought his eponymous trio to the hallowed Blue Note NYC for a four-night run.
Krasno has collaborated with virtually everyone on the live music circuit over the years, and with Vulfpeck at Madison Square Garden and Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon Theatre this weekend—in addition to the various other artists that live in or frequent the Big Apple—the pool of potential surprise guests for this final night at the Blue Note was as deep as ever.
On Sunday night, the Eric Krasno Trio (E3) closed out their intimate Blue Note residency with help from a number of high-profile guests. The show got started with the core trio—comprised of Krasno, drummer Eric Kalb, and organist Eric Finland—performing takes on a trio of Krasno originals in “76”, “Torture”, and “Jezebel”.
The first guest of the evening, Leslie Mendelson, joined in next for renditions of soul classic, “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, and “Please Ya”, another cut from Krasno’s 2016 LP, Blood From A Stone. Next, Krasno welcomed Tedeschi Trucks Band trumpeter Ephraim Owens and revered jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield to augment a performance of Jimmy McGriff deep cut, “All About My Girl”.
From there, the Krasno trio was joined by Vulfpeck/The Fearless Flyers guitarist Cory Wong, fresh off his MSG debut the night prior, who added some funky rhythm lines on “Jan Jan” as his Fearless Flyers bandmate/Snarky Puppy guitarist, Mark Lettieri, looked on from the audience. With time for a couple more, Krasno called Derek Trucks to the stage.
As Susan Tedeschi and several other members of TTB watched from the crowd, Eric Krasno, Derek Trucks, and company worked through “Curse Lifter”, another track from Krasno’s Blood From A Stone which features Trucks on the studio recording. As Krasno notes, this marked the first time he and Trucks had ever performed the song together live. Watch a video of the “Curse Lifter” collab below:
Eric Krasno Trio w/ Derek Trucks – “Curse Lifter” – Blue Note NYC – 9/29/19
Finally, with Trucks still on stage, the four-piece lineup closed out the show with a fiery, Soulive-style take on Jimi Hendrix favorite, “Manic Depression”.
Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from the guest-filled Eric Krasno Trio performance courtesy of photographer Chris Capaci.
This weekend, the Eric Krasno Trio will head to Texas for shows at Deep Ellum Art Company in Dallas (Friday, October 4th) and Empire Garage in Austin (Saturday, October 5th). For more details and ticketing information, head here.
Setlist: Eric Krasno Trio | Blue Note | New York, NY | 9/29/19
Set: 76, Torture, Jezebel, Big Brother, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*, Please Ya*, All About My Girl^, Jan Jan%, Curse Lifter@, Manic Depression@
* with Leslie Mendelson
^ with Mark Whitfield and Ephraim Owens
% with Cory Wong
@ with Derek Trucks