Friday fanfare: “5:15”

I love this song by The Who, but this is my favorite version of it, from a 1994 concert Roger Daltrey did at Carnegie Hall for his 50th birthday. Backed by his band and the Julliard Orchestra, this version of the great “5:15” ends with dueling brass riffs between saxophone great David Sanborn and one of the Julliard students, a brilliant trumpet player named Martin.

Friday fanfare: “Iko Iko”

Here’s another piece from the inaugural Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band tour: Dr. John leading the gang in a rendition of the N’awlins standard “Iko Iko.” I don’t know what I love best, the Doctor’s superlative piano work, Garth Hudson’s accordion, Nils Lofgren’s guitar, Clarence Clemons’s sax, or that magnificent headdress that Dr. John wears throughout. Well, okay, I do know what I love most: Rick Danko’s soulful bass solo, magnificently backed up by all three drummers, Levon Helm, Jim Keltner, and Ringo himself. Just bliss.

Monday music: “Up on Cripple Creek”

Here’s another great version of a Band song from Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band in 1989: “Up on Cripple Creek,” which has great guitar solos by Nils Lofgren and Joe Walsh, nifty sax riffing by Clarence Clemons, and Billy Preston trying to re-create the jaws-harp-ish sound Garth Hudson did on the original.

Also, I love the fact that the band has three drummers: Levon, Ringo, and Jim Keltner. (When Ringo’s up front, his son Zak Starkey takes over on the third drumkit.)

Friday fanfare: happy 5th anniversary to me & Wrenn!

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the day Wrenn and I got married. One of the many billions of fond memories I have of our relationship — which goes back to 2009 — is seeing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at BB King’s in Times Square in 2018. To our joy, they played first her favorite song of theirs, followed immediately by my favorite song of theirs. And here they are….

Happy anniversary, love!

midweek music: “The Weight”

Here’s another from Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band in 1989: a lovely version of “The Weight.” Besides Levon Helm and Rick Danko doing their vocals, just like on The Band’s original, we’ve got Dr. John playing fabulous piano (and also singing a verse) and a beautiful guitar intro by Nils Lofgren. Oh, and for this particular concert, another former Band member, Garth Hudson, plays the accordion!

Friday fanfare: “Will It Go Round in Circles?”

Ringo Starr formed his “All-Starr” band in 1989, which has toured on and off for the past three decades with a variety of cool folks as part of it. The first lineup included two members of The Band (Levon Helm and Rick Danko), two members of the E Street Band (Clarence Clemons and Nils Lofgren), one member of the Eagles (Joe Walsh), one great N’awlins legend (Dr. John), and two of the finest session players in rock history (drummer Jim Keltner and keyboardist Billy Preston).

Here’s one of my favorites from that first gaggle, Preston playing one of his hits: “Will It Go Round in Circles?”