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  posted on 9/21/2003 at 04:24 PM
I'm doing this here, because it'll get more traffic than on the DTB folder of the Rico board....

the DTB is obviously a very different animal than it was just a few short years ago, personnel wise and music. Is this evolution a chance thing that would have happened anyways, or did it jumpstart because Derek joined the ABB? Right around the time he joined the Brothers, the DTB started reaching farther and farther away from the straight up sound it had....coincidence, or did one event feed from the other?

Mind you, I love the band now....but I did then too...not saying that one is better.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2003 at 11:13 PM
I'm not sure about the very earliest years of the band. But the evolution thing has been ongoing. Todd Smallie joined the band in '94, Yonrico came in '95. Kofi joined in 1999, thanks to HAHT. Bill MacKay was the organist and vocalist at that time, Kofi played keys and flute. Bill left a little while later - early 2000, I think. Javier Colon came on as the vocalist in August of 2000, but he didn't stay for very long. The band went through a rotating vocalist period before eventually choosing Mike Mattison, one of the temps , for the full-time job. That was last May.

You can read more details at Derek's site. Click on "Band."

So you can see that several of these changes weren't of the bands choosing. Bill MacKay left because of good old fashioned "creative differences," Javier left because he was offered a solo deal by Capitol. Some degree of coincidence may be to blame, since Kofi came on board around the same time Derek joined the Allmans. I don't own the dTb's first two albums, but there's apparently a good deal of eclectic stuff on them. But Derek's vision has expanded as he's gotten older, no question. And I'm sure he'd tell you being in the ABB has improved his playing, which wasn't too bad before.

 

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  posted on 9/22/2003 at 08:37 AM
I know about all the different members...I've been following the band since 1998. Yeah, the changing of bandmembers had probably had something to do with the change in sound....unless of course, Derek picked who he picked because of where they would take the sound once it was changed. Like, say if today, the band was still Derek, Todd, Rico & Bill...I don't think we'd have Pedro, Volunteered Slavery, Maki Madni, and many other of the more eastern sounding songs that they jam the heck out of now.

But, if you look at how things evolved....it seemed like it started shortly after Derek joined the Allmans. I was thinking that maybe the DTB started changing because Derek had his rock/jazz/blues outlet in the ABB, and could change his band to reflect his other interests, of which he'd been discovering about that time as well, and wondering if anyone had a thought.

 

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  posted on 9/22/2003 at 02:12 PM
The only evolution I see is Derek putting all that music he hears in his head come out through his guitar.

 

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  posted on 9/22/2003 at 02:37 PM
And it sounds better and better every year....

 

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  posted on 9/22/2003 at 02:52 PM
DTB is exploding right now. And they play anywhere & everywhere night in and night out. I mean does Derek ever stop touring?? Even when they go on vacation...it's a blues cruise!

I think the constant touring has helped to develop and expand his, and the band's, horizons. This configuration of the DTB has been together for awhile now, and musically they are really starting to gell. Mike is just the final piece to the puzzle. And it's one heck of a puzzle


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  posted on 9/24/2003 at 05:47 AM
Sherrick really hits the nail on the head for me - you can't get a better blues-rock outfit than ABB, and the level of expression in that idiom that Derek gets there is unparalleled. It's hard to see how he could better that experience elsewhere.

DTB does play some music in that style (witness Drown In My Own Tears on the new album), but it seems to me that the reason for Derek having his solo band is to explore the other sides of music that interest him - that's not to say that ABB are musically staid, but it is hard to see some of DTB's more explicit jazz pieces working in the context of an ABB set.

What we do get with ABB is Derek bringing some of those additional flavours (bebop, Indian forms etc.) back to the band, with often stunning effect.

With Derek continuing to explore his music in these different (yet complementary) directions, it can only enhance his skill as a musician & reflect on the continual high standard of recording/performances by BOTH bands!

 
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