The latest installment from Sugarshack and Live For Live Music‘s “Miami Sessions” comes in the form of SPAGA performing a stripped-down rendition of “Four Angels”, which appears on the Aron Magner-led instrumental jazz trio’s self-titled 2019 debut album.
As Magner, best known as the keyboardist for The Disco Biscuits, tells Live For Live Music about SPAGA’s session, “Fresh off the plane [en route to Jam Cruise 18], with a belly full of Ropa Vieja and Cubanos, SPAGA made our way down into Little Havana outside of Fort Lauderdale. We set up in a living room of a small home with an audience of videographers to capture this intimate performance for the Sugarshack Music Channel.”
SPAGA was right at home in this stripped-down setting. The trio—which features Magner, drummer Matt Scarano and upright bassist Jason Fraticelli—used the intimate, living room locale to show off their dynamic range on “Four Angels”.
The Magner-penned composition is a tribute to his family. As Aron explains, “The song actually has four different sections representing each of my three kids and my wife, Angelika. For Angels… Four Angels.”
From appropriately “angelic,” atmospheric ambiance to grandiose, cinematic grooves to tension-and-release dissonance and back again, this performance of “Four Angels” encapsulates SPAGA’s stylistic sweet spot in a single song—complex, engaging, jazz-oriented music with enough drive and excitement to thoroughly engage jam band fans.
Even Magner himself recalls the particular excitement the band felt during their rendition of “Four Angels” for these Miami Sessions. “For no particular reason,” the pianist notes, “we hadn’t played it live since the summer, so this version had some moments of, ‘oh, yeah! I like that part!'”
Watch SPAGA perform “Four Angels” for Sugarshack Music Channel below:
SPAGA – “Four Angels” (Live Acoustic) – Sugarshack Sessions x Live For Live Music
[Video: Sugarshack Music Channel]
The SPAGA “Four Angels” video is the third video to be released from the Sugarshack/Live For Live Music Miami Sessions, following Mihali‘s “Empty Overflow” and Tom Hamilton‘s “Running in Place”. Stay tuned for more releases from these sessions in the coming weeks.