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Umphrey's McGee: Live at The Murat

Umphrey's McGee is a jam band for music fans who don't like jam bands.

After a decade of making unexpected yet refreshing music that morphs melodic finesse with technical improv, the Chicago collective issues a live album in the form of Live at The Murat, a two-disc souvenir of the band's Easter Weekend performance in April 2007 at the Murat Egyptian Room in Indianapolis that seeks to elevate the band's significance beyond the cult crowd.

With a repertoire as vast as Umphrey's, choosing a set list is no easy task. Yet this sextet wisely opted to open with a 20-minute, four-part version of the popular "In the Kitchen." Synth and guitar effects take over on "The Fuzz" and "Ringo," while guitarists/vocalists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss lead the rest of the band through a bevy of sonic twists and turns, treating listeners to the vintage track "Hajimemashite," the Yes-meets-Little Feat energy of "40's Theme" and the rare and aggressive set-closer "Padgett's Profile." No single player dominates the proceedings, and the group effort ultimately proves why Umphrey's has earned such a devout following.

Track Listing:
Disc One:
1) In the Kitchen (Acoustic Structure)>
2) Acoustic Improvisation>
3) Electric Improvisation>
4) In the Kitchen (Electric Structure)
5) Higgins
6) The Fuzz>
7) Nothing Too Fancy (end)
8) Ringo>
9) Haimemashite>
10) Ringo
11) Eat

Disc 2:
1) 40's Theme>
2) The Triple Wide>
3) Angular Momentum>
4) Push the Pig>
5) Out of Order
6) White Man's Moccasins
7) Padgett's Profile

Added: November 18th 2007
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Umphrey's McGee Web Site
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Language: english

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