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Thursday Night Concert Series Grooves To Terracotta Half-Life

Terracotta half-life
Thurs Night Concert Series

Ishpeming  07/29/11 – Ever since I heard Tom Scott play his saxophone magic on Carole King’s hit, Jazzman, I fell in love with the sound of this instrument. So-o-o-o-o,  when I get the chance to hear a group with TWO sax players, I am in music heaven!!!!! Terracotta half-life presented their distinct sound of what they refer to as “Tropical Funk” with masterful precision from their line up of accomplished musicians.

Aaron and Steve
Starting off the night

The band launched into a Latin-Jazz song featuring Steve Leuthold on flute that set the tone for my audio sonic enjoyment last night. Their song list for the night continued with a mix of fusion, soul, funk (my favorite) and Afrobeat melodies that were outstanding.

Gerry and Obadiah

All of their original material dynamically presented the musicianship of its members. Whether it be the dynamic exchange of woven solos between Aaron Kippola’s  EWI with father, Gerry’s guitar playing; the sultry vocals of Jennie Peano, Obadiah Metivier’s solidly funk-a-licious bass guitar or solid groove playing from drummer, Dan Schaefer, I was wearing my “happy music” smile the entire show.

Dan Schaefer
Laying down the beat

One particularly highlight of the set was during the song, Floating Point Operation, when the band breaks it down to just  a funk groove by Dan that paves the way for Aaron to let loose on his sax solo. It brought to mind a similar musical pattern displayed in Maceo Parker’s, Shake Everything You Got. It was evident from many in the audience moving their body in some way along to the music, that the funk was getting through.

Tropical Funk
We like the funk!!!!

Thanks for a great show last night, I enjoyed hearing your material and look forward to catching  another performance in the future. Terracotta half-life is definitely worth hearing, truly another example of quality musicianship in our area!!!! Follow them on Facebook, My Space or their own website.

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