Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival

Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival

by Ben Harper and Relentless7
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Overview

Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival

Ben Harper is no stranger to live albums. This is his sixth. That said, it is the first with the Relentless 7, an Austin TX-based trio Harper hooked up with to record the stellar White Lies for Dark Times. Basically, this CD/DVD package is a support gig for the White Lies album. The songs from it -- and a few others -- have been lived in for a while, and the band's internal communication language has developed to the instinctual level. The interplay between between Harper and Relentless 7 is nothing short of explosive. Having Jason Mozersky as a guitar foil adds to the sheer rock quotient of this performance -- check the opener, a new track, "Faster Slower Disappear Come Around," for initial evidence of how fluidly the pair works together. Bassist Jesse Ingalls is a monster; his work walks a knife's edge between classic Billy Cox rhythm-centric groove and the funkiness of Bernard Odum, adding an entirely different dimension to Harper's live sound. Jordan Richardson's drumming is deeply influenced by more power-driven classic rock drummers like John Bonham and Keith Moon, though he doesn't use as much flash -- and doesn't need to. The entire gig is loud as hell and credit goes to Harper and Danny Kalb for not dressing it up. It struts and swaggers with orgiastic guitar heroics -- check "Why Must You Always Wear Black" and the cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Red House." There are wah-wah-driven power anthems such as "Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)," and "Shimmer & Shine," as well. Nonetheless, it does contain some spacious, soulful interludes like "Faithfully Remain," but his nugget, "Serve Your Soul," is reinvented as a slide guitar romp here. There's also a quirky cover of David Bowie's "Under Pressure" that's a crowd-pleaser, and the band takes it to the limit then breaks it wide open. The DVD contains the entire show and adds two more White Lies titles to the middle of the mix in "Skin Thin" and "Fly One Time." This is the loudest, rawest, most unhinged Ben Harper live to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2010
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 5099962623827
catalogNumber: 26238

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Faster Slower Disappear Come Around
  2. Number With No Name
  3. Shimmer & Shine
  4. Lay There & Hate Me
  5. Why Must You Always Dress in Black
  6. Red House
  7. Another Lonely Day
  8. Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
  9. Boots Like These
  10. Under Pressure
  11. Up to You Now
  12. Faithfully Remain
  13. Serve Your Soul
  14. Up To You Now
  15. Faithfully Remain
  16. Serve Your Soul

Disc 2

  1. Faster Slower Disappear Come Around
  2. Number With No Name
  3. Shimmer & Shine
  4. Lay There & Hate Me
  5. Why Must You Always Dress in Black
  6. Red House
  7. Another Lonely Day
  8. Skin Thin
  9. Fly One Time
  10. Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
  11. Boots Like These
  12. Under Pressure
  13. Up To You Now
  14. Faithfully Remain
  15. Serve Your Soul

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Harper and Relentless7   Primary Artist
Ben Harper   Group Member
Jesse Ingalls   Group Member
Jason Mozersky   Group Member
Jordan Richardson   Group Member

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Ben Harper   Composer,Producer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Danny Kalb   Producer
Will Botwin   Management
André Ménard   Co-Founder
Lindsay Brown   Assistant Management
Coran Capshaw   Management
Luc Châtelain   Producer,Executive Producer
Laurent Saulnier   Programming
Ben Harper and Relentless7   Producer
J. Deacon   Composer
J. Richardson   Composer
Alain Simard   Producer
Pierre Séguin   Director
Patrick Jordan   Management
Kenny Deranleau   Road Crew
Aron Mandelbaum   Road Crew
Simeon Grossley   Road Crew
James Shaw   Road Crew
Dave Holman   Road Crew

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Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Freekman993 More than 1 year ago
Ben and the boys present a record and perfromance that many others in the "rock" genre should watch and study for years to come. The album is great, and the DVD is so much sweeter. You can tell the guys are having fun and giving it their all during this show. Ben and Jason sync so well together playing live, and are backed by one of the tightest rhythm sections in the game. Ben has always been a well respected musician, best known for his acoustic slide work, but here he lets his Asher guitar scream pure rock. From his searing cover of "Red House", to a show stopping take on "Keep it Together", to an absolutely ear melting rendition of "Serve Your Soul", Ben and Relentless7 declare they are hear to save rock music from overproduced, overdubbed, overstylized, major lable drivel.