Joe Russo‘s love affair with the Grateful Dead and their extended catalog continued on Friday night, as the energetic drummer hosted a unique tribute to Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales‘ 1971 jazz-fusion album Hooteroll? at the Capitol Theatre. The show, billed as “Hooteroll? + Plus”, focused primarily on the jazzy album, as well as other like-minded recordings. Russo recruited Stuart Bogie (reeds/flute), Erik Deutsch (keyboards), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Dave Harrington (bass), Kevin Kendrick (vibraphone/percussion), and Jordan McClean (trumpet) for the tribute.
In addition to the eclectic mix of covers, the band debuted an original tune by Joe Russo that is expected to appear on his solo album that Russo’s been working on with collaborators Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman. Dubbed “Song For Buddy,” it was the opening song of the second set, and you can watch it below.
Watch the entire “Hooteroll? + Plus!” show below, as recorded by nugs.tv.
Setlist: Hooteroll? Plus! | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/7/17
I: Morning In Marin (Garcia/Wales), Vox Humana (Carla Bley), Uncle Martin’s (Garcia/Wales), Da Birg Song (Garcia/Wales), Unfinished Sympathy (Gary Burton), DC – 502 (Garcia/Wales)
II: Song For Buddy (Russo), Up From The Desert (Garcia/Wales), Spiral Dance (Keith Jarrett), One A.M. Approach (Garcia/Wales), A Trip To What Next (Garcia/Wales), What I Say (Miles Davis)
E: South Side Strut (Garcia/Wales)