Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey & Mike Dillon’s Band of Outsiders 3.20.14
Hodi's Half Note
Fort Collins, CO
Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)
Audio By Corey Sandoval (Kind Recordings)
Mike Dillon’s Band of Outsiders is an unstoppable locomotive that pushes through the music without much elaboration. Focusing on a darker style jazz that at times includes elements of rock, punk, funk, and general dissonance this group has an incredibly eclectic sound. Mr. Dillon dedicated the song “Rock Star Bench Press” to a friend who was there for the show. This song assaulted the senses in every good way possible. Dillon treated us to a few tracks off his forthcoming album Band Of Outsiders, including “Hero The Burro.”
“Alright now we’re gonna play the Mother Fucker song for you… you know what to do.” – Mike Dillon
The four-piece band is made of Dillon on the vibraphone, Carly Meyers on trombone and auxiliary percussion, Adam Gertner on drums, and Patrick McDevitt on bass. Carly is a huge focal point on the stage as she wildly dances between the instruments. Plus you know she plays a mean trombone. Their two sets of music were absolutely sublime. If you are looking for some ‘punch you in the face’ jazz Mike Dillon has what you are craving.
The Mike Dillon Band Live at Hodi's Half Note on March 20, 2014.
Mike Dillon and friends joined Jacob Fred for one final blast through the jazz canyon. The stage became a massive melting pot of the smooth JFJO sound and the boisterous Band Of Outsiders. The night ended with a vocal rap on “Jazz Millions” lead by Mike Dillon with eerily amazing sounds emanating from Brian Haas’s keyboard. This was a great night of jazz in Fort Collins. The pairing of JFJO and Mike Dillon was brilliant. Dillon and Meyers will again be at Telluride Jazz Festival this year, so they will both be back in Colorado soon. As for Jacob Fred, I hope it’s not another ten plus years before I get the chance to see them perform again.
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