Tuesday 13 May 2014

Wishbone Ash at Jazzbones May 09, 2014 Tacoma, Washington

Flying over the endless seas into America, driving hours upon hours through the desert and mountain passes, Wishbone Ash made it to my neck of the woods, Jazzbones in Tacoma, Washington on May 9th and played to a very grateful crowd of fans!

“Are you ready to rock?” Andy Powell asks after he takes his position front and center on the stage holding his 1967 Gibson V. As we were shouting …YEAH, the band broke into “Strange Affair,” a rockin’ appetizer. What I liked right away was the sound level of the music. It wasn’t so loud that I couldn’t hear each instrument or Andy Powell’s mellifluous voice, a key part of Wishbone Ash’s sound. They did turn it up just a bit, but the sound quality remained excellent!

Wishbone Ash is known as a prog band, but they are a very guitar driven band with two lead guitar players, whom are very different in a lot of ways yet, each one is the same in that they support and compliment each other. On second guitar is Jyrki “Muddy” Mannenin a very skilled guitarist heavily influenced by the great Rory Gallagher. Amongst his talents at harmonizing and soloing, is his slide guitar.

Wishbone Ash played “Blue Horizon” off of their new album. Keeping with the band’s known style and sophistication, this song is filled with melodic guitar hooks and is so well written musically and lyrically. They performed this quite equally to the studio version and is one of my favorites.

It’s a pleasure to watch Wishbone Ash work together.  Each song connects the players to each other in different ways.  In “Pilgrim” an instrumental off of their second album, Bob Skeat (bass) and Andy Powell (rhythm) harmonized while Muddy Mannenin  played a soaring passage into the song.  Joe Crabtree (drums) kept it vibrant with beats and symbols until they all join together in a brilliant driving force.  The lock-In between Bob Skeat and Joe Crabtree is amazing as they are totally in tune with each other.

The last song they played before the encore was a fantastic sixteen minute version of “Pheonix” off of their self titled debut album released in 1970.  Not many lyrics to this song, but lots of guitar style and techniques, not to mention all the different genres they incorporated into it, blues, rock, jazz, and reggae.  Brilliant solo’s aside, Andy Powell has this knack of making unique sounds with his guitar.

There is only one Wishbone Ash and they proved that the other night playing a setlist that went back from 1970 all the way up to ’Blue Horizon,’ their brand new album.  Andy Powell has been around for a long time and I got to witness, first hand the passion for music and creativity that still burns within him.  There is much more to come from Wishbone Ash! In the meantime check out the bands latest album Blue Horizon which still finds Wishbone Ash a vital and alive band pushing the boundaries of guitar based rock forward. Something they have been doing for more than forty years. For proof of that check out the band on their forthcoming tour dates (Live Dates Below)

Strange Affair
Blue Horizon
Sometime World
The King Will Come
Throw Down The Sword
Rock N Roll Widow
Baby What You Want
Lady Whiskey

Blowin' Free
Deep Blue

Tour Dates:
Jul 25 Rock Of Ages festival Stuttgart, Germany Tickets RSVP
Oct 25 The Wharf Tavistock, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Oct 26 The Scene Swansea, United Kingdom RSVP
Oct 27 Llandudno Junction Labour Club Deganwy, United Kingdom RSVP
Oct 29 The Quarterhouse Folkestone, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Oct 30 Public Halls Harpenden, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Oct 31 The Picturedrome Holmfirth, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 04 The Stables Milton Keynes, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 06 The Brook Southampton, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 07 Martlets Hall Burgess Hill, United Kingdom RSVP
Nov 08 Islington Assembly Hall London, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 09 King Edward VII Memorial Hall Newmarket, United Kingdom RSVP
Nov 11 The Flowerpot Derby, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 12 The Cluny Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom RSVP
Nov 13 The Ferry Glasgow, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 14 Jam House Edinburgh, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 16 The Lemon Tree Aberdeen, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 18 Bootleggers Kendal, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 19 The Grand Clitheroe, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 20 The Assembly Leamington Spa, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Nov 21 The Corn Exchange Bourne, United Kingdom RSVP
Nov 22 O2 Academy2 Leicester Leicester, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 06 Victorie Alkmaar, Netherlands Tickets RSVP
Feb 07 De Pul, Kapelstraat 13 Uden, The Netherlands Tickets RSVP

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Review by:
Jill Maciel
West Coast Correspondent CRRdotEU

All live photos by:
Scott Banning

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