One week ago today Umphrey’s McGee wrapped out the western portion of their never-ending tour with a headlining set at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. The band was joined by jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan for a two-song encore that included UM original Glory and a cover of Making Flippy Floppy by Talking Heads.
We just came across video of this beautiful version of Glory, which features Cinninger and then Jordan taking two completely different approaches to their solos. Unfortunately it cuts about 40 seconds before the song ended, but it’s still worth taking a look…
You can buy the soundboard from this show, and every UM performance, via UMLive.net.
Back on June 2nd, recent Princeton University graduate (Class of ’12) Brian Lesh teamed up with his father Phil, his brother Grahame, guitarist Stanley Jordan (Class of ’81), keyboardist Marco Benevento and drummer Joe Russo to play a special show at Dead Head Night at Terrace Club. The one-time ensemble tackled classic Dead tunes and covers from the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Band and Kings of Leon. Audio of the performance hadn’t circulated…until now.
Thanks to our friend Ben Markowitz for sharing this pristine recording of the festivities…
As our friends at Relix remarked, this performance marked the first time the members of the Benevento-Russo Duo performed together in a band that wasn’t Led Zep tribute act Bustle In Your Hedgerow since January’s Freaks Ball. The audio above appears to only be part of the show, with most of the songs Jordan sat in on missing. Hopefully the Terrace Club will post the rest.
Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan can’t seem to get enough of the jam scene as he continues on what appears to be a quest to sit in with every major band in the community this month. That quest continued last night in Flagstaff, Arizona when he was brought onstage by the String Cheese Incident for Smile during the first set, Jellyfish > Impressions in the second set as well as the The Bridge, Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms encore at the Pepsi Amphitheater.
Jordan’s first jam-friendly guest appearance of the month came on July 5th when he sat in with Umphrey’s at Peoria’s CEFCU Center Stage. Then, the inventive axeman headed to Alpine Valley this past weekend for multiple guest spots with the Dave Matthews Band. Not only did Stanley sit in with DMB on Proudest Monkey > Satellite on Friday, he returned the next night for Rhyme and Reason, The Dreaming Tree and a cover of Sly Stone’s Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).
The next Jordan/Jam summit is scheduled to take place next month when he joins Umphrey’s McGee at sUMmer School and at moe.down. He might as well cross moe. of the list while he’s at their festival! In other SCI news, the band finally has a Twitter account.