Booker T Jones

A lifelong ambition to see Booker T live came to fruition this past weekend. This was no master lazily going through the “greatest hits” motions but a whistle-sharp musical genius taking us on the amazing Stax journey and surrounded with younger extremely talented musicians and vocalists doing justice to foundational songs — Knock on Wood and Dock of the Bay — to name but two. Dispensing with Green Onions about mid-set, was a testament to just how deep and expansive Booker’s work is. Booker’s power and finesse showed off the many glorious tunes that Booker T had a hand in. It’s amazing that Booker’s son Ted has not being playing guitar for that long — he was quite amazing. Can’t wait to see Booker T again this coming winter: one of my funk-soul triumvirate, the others being Curtis Mayfield and Bobby Womack. Booker’s show offset my disappointment in not being able to see Ennio Morricone’s final shows. Praise doesn’t get any higher than this.

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