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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 07:48 PM
I am only first "discovering" Jack Pearson's playing. What an amazing guitar player.

I'm curious as to what most of the die hards feel about his time with the band. I'm surprised that a few folks I have talked to really didnt enjoy his stint as a brother.....

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 08:14 PM
Jack rocks.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 08:34 PM
IMO, Jack was the right man at the right time for the Brothers.

I've heard the term "bombastic" used to describe the later Dickey and Warren years, and while many may not agree with that assessment, I think when Jack stepped in (and partially because Oteil came with him), the tone became a bit less frenetic, and a bit more smooth and cool.

For my tastes, '94 was a phenomenal year, but that lineup got a bit flat after that. I'll seldom pull out a '95 or '96 show . . . actually, I don't think I've ever pulled out a '95 or '96 show after listening to it for the first couple of times. I'll take a '97 or '98 show over those two years any day of the week.

Some of those acoustic sets were worth the price of admission alone, IMO.

Make sure you get the recording of the Pay-per-view show with Jack . . . maybe 9/18/98, off the top of my head.

I think you'll find a good deal of respect for Jack, here. At leat a few brothers here would probably tell you that the Jack lineup was their favorite after the original.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 08:38 PM
i love jackie p!!

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 08:43 PM
Jack is awesome--he added so much flavor to the GA & Friends show this fall..

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 08:57 PM
The first time I seen the ABB Jack was filling in for Derek. It was in the summer of '05 so it was Jack and Warren. I had no idea who he was at the time. I came home turned my computer on to this site and they let me know who Jack was pretty quick. I had the pleasue of meeting him that fall when he was playing with Jimmy Hall and his band at a street fair. Jack was even better that night. Maybe it was because he was the only guitarist with JH and I was right up against the stage and could focus on his playing. He is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 10:11 PM
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The first time I seen the ABB Jack was filling in for Derek. It was in the summer of '05 so it was Jack and Warren. I had no idea who he was at the time. I came home turned my computer on to this site and they let me know who Jack was pretty quick. I had the pleasue of meeting him that fall when he was playing with Jimmy Hall and his band at a street fair. Jack was even better that night. Maybe it was because he was the only guitarist with JH and I was right up against the stage and could focus on his playing. He is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.


The shows that JP sat in while Derek was away are my favorite shows of the last 2 years. The ones that he sat in for Warren are good but I just like the vibe of Jack & warren

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 10:19 PM
Sounds more like the original ABB with Jack...

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 10:36 PM
Great show thought I would share it.. Dimples is AMAZING!!!! Also the opener of Mountain Jam is one of the best I have heard up to 3-25-2006.

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Allman Brothers Band 08/19/05 Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA




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Set I

Mountain Jam
Trouble No More
Midnight Rider
Rockin Horse>
Done Somebody Wrong
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Dimples*
Key To The Highway*
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl*
Stand Back

Set II

Statesboro Blues
Elizabeth Reed>
Drums And Oteil>
Elizabeth Reed

Encore:
One Way Out*

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 05:38 AM
My first ABB show was at Va. Beach in '98 w/ JP. I didn't know anything about him, but after seeing him play, I didn't need any more convincing. What a class act of a guitar player, too. Knows how to take the lead without hogging the spotlight, something many of our favorite lead guitar players can do. JP is one cool customer...
 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 06:00 AM
The first time I saw Jack was with the brothers at the Fox in Atlanta.....can't remember what year....1999 maybe.....anyway .....I have been a huge fan ever since...Jackie P Rocks!

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 06:14 AM
The Fox shows that ABB did in 2004 with Jack on Dreams Friday night is a favorite of mine. His style with the Brothers is soooo lyrical! I was disappointed this year when I found out Jack & his band were not going to be at Wanee. His solo records are also great; listened to Steppin' Out last night, btw.

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 07:19 AM
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Sounds more like the original ABB with Jack...


I couldn't agree more!!!


 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 07:26 AM
No finer player, no nicer guy than Jackie! He owns "Dreams"!

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 07:35 AM
When Jack first joined the ABB for the Summer '97 tour, he fit right in on the shorter blues/rock tunes like Statesboro, One Way Out, Devil's Sea, Midnight Rider, etc. I liked the original songs he brought to the band, and his version of Dimples was a highlight of the two shows I saw at the PNC in NJ that year.

However, I think it took him a little while to get comfortable with the longer, jazzlike songs with extended improvisations like Liz Reed, High Falls and Jessica. The shows I saw in '98 showed him improving greatly in that area and by the Beacon run in '99 (his last shows with the ABB) he wasn't missing a beat. I was very disappointed to see him leave.

[Edited on 4/20/2007 by darkstarlarry]

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 07:54 AM
I remember first hearing Jack with the ABB in 98 out at Nissan and just being knock out by his playing. As others have mentioned the band had much more of their "orginal" sound with Jack in the band.

btw, a couple of CDs with Jack playing on it are Gregg's "Searching for Simplicity" and Jimmy Hall's "Rendezvous with the Blues". Both excellent CDs.

One more thing, if the ABB ever do another studio CD, I would hope Jack would be invited to play on a couple of songs.

 
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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 08:17 AM
Does my heart good to see so much love for Jack here he is indeed a great player and a great person. I first saw Jack in September of 1997 with the ABB at the Gorge , having been away from their live music i was wondering who this guy in the cabby hat was ,that is till he started to play,then i did not care who he was but i knew it reminded me of the original lineup more than anything i had heard before . Yet his smooth slide and tasty licks were a sound all his own it just fit the ABB music and he knows the material.

He never ceases to amaze me how he can on a moments notice step in, and fill in for either Warren or Derek that speaks huge of his talent. I to wish he could have recorded with them and i still think they need to have him in the studio on the next CD... peace

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 08:25 AM
Jack Pearson is and always will be one of my favorite "Brothers", just a super fine guitar player, FLUID is the one word I use to descibe his playing.

Bring him back whenever you guys go into the studio and put a Jack Pearson song onto a commercial release, be a nice nod to his contribution

Saw him in 97 in Santa Fe, one of the early Jack/Oteil shows and was blown away how good they were, Jack smoked that evening.

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 08:28 AM
...anyone have suggestions of a good solo album by JACK that i can get & where to purcase--any live shows he does?? any assistance appreciated...

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 08:28 AM
Just listen to the 3.20.98 Beacon show with Jack, that is the show with the electric and acoustic versions of Liz Reed. Oh man, my favorite non-Duane show ever by the ABB. His song Everyday in the acoustic set is amazing, and his playing on High Falls is amazing. As Bluedad said, he made them sound more like the original lineup tahn any of the others.

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 08:31 AM
Wayne--i've heard that show--was there too--awesome!!i'm wondering more about his non ABB work--thanks

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 09:00 AM
OKay here is my take...I saw about 10 shows with the Jack/Dickey lineup so I had a good chance to evaluate and absorb what went on.

First off, whether you think Jack was right for the band or not, he is a world-class player - then again, every player The ABB has ever had is world class in his own way. I LOVE Jack's fluid playing style and as a guitar player myself, I am amazed at his chops and his "less is more" approach.

I am a bit surprised however, when I read a few posts that thought the Jack/Dickey lineup "sounded" closer to the original than any other post-Duane lineup. I personally don't feel that way at all. I believe the current lineup is MUCH closer to the original sound, vibe and overall approach to the music than that lineup ever was - In fact I think most of us do. First off, Jack and Dickey both played strat-style guitars - Jack played a G&L and Dickey a generic Japanese strat. Nothing wrong with that but lets face it, that is NOT the sound the ABB was built on. The Brothers were always based on that fat and warm Gibson sound so that facet was always missing BIG time. AT times it sounded like a different band altogether.

AS far as band chemistry goes, Dickey was ALWAYS turned up waaaay louder than Jack and always overshadowed him in the volume department by far - which was not good. I always struggled to hear what Jack was doing because Dickey had to always turn himself up to the point where Jack looked a bit frustrated and so he just underplayed everyting out of frustration. The heavy volume issue was one of the main reasons Jack quit after just 2 years. Warren and Derek have developed a much better band chemistry than Jack and Dickey ever did because they are both equals and they don't try to over shadow eachother. THat lineup never developed those subtle dynamics that the current lineup has mastered over time. Jack Pearson is a great guitar player and a true gentleman - and he probably deserved better in his short time with the band. That was a nice lineup that had some great moments, but not as consistent or dynamic as most of us would have liked IMO...



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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 09:20 AM
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...anyone have suggestions of a good solo album by JACK that i can get & where to purcase--any live shows he does?? any assistance appreciated...

My suggestion would be to start with Rendezvous With the Blues--actually a Jimmy Hall CD.
Really showcases Jack's ability with a variety of music types. Steppin Out is good too.

Jack is as good as it gets. When you get to the very top, it becomes a matter of taste.
Jack, Derek, Warren, EC, Beck--take your pick. Jack certainly belongs with this group.

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 09:26 AM
Dickey's biggest mistake was not allowing Jack to put a plexiglass barrior between Jack and Dickey's Marshall. Dickey personally has done the most damage to my hearing than any other player I have seen live, the man plays too loud IMHO, and no I am not too old.

And I believe its either 3-20-98 or 3-20-99 Jack sustains a note for like 45 seconds on Hideaway that is mind blowing

[Edited on 4/20/2007 by CowboyNeil]

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 09:35 AM
Another recording that features Jack prominately is Johnny Jenkins', "Blessed Blues". I know I plug that one a lot - but it's got Jack, Chuck, Jimmy Hall and many other players we know and love. That one and "Rendevouz ..." are fine examples of Jack's playing.

 

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