may 6-12, 1999
Day By the River/Jiggle the Handle/Vinyl
Three Sets Compilation
Lauan Records is on a mission: spread the evolving jam band scene beyond
its scattered hotbeds on the East Coast and in parts of California.
Lauan's first release, Three Sets, brings together live
performances by a trio of the best jam bands from around the country to
start the groove campaign on the upbeat.
Day By The River kicks off Three Sets with their psychedelic
shuffle grooves from down south--Athens, Georgia to be exact. Not
surprisingly, there's a bit of Widespread Panic influence in DBTR's sound.
From Boston, Jiggle the Handle takes the jam in the direction of the open
road--and outer space. Soaring guitar work from Gary Backstrom and the
liquid fire interplay of the rest of the Jigglers, musically and
vocally, are exceptional. Who says jam bands can't sing? Vinyl, from San
Francisco, rounds out the disc with their sophisticated brand of horn
driven and poly-textured California cool.
This is a delightful sampler that gives listeners 20-plus minutes of each
band. Covering an array of styles, Three Sets shows that killer jam
bands are not only located around the country, their music is all over the
board. Jam bands don't play a particular style of music; they just
jam the bojangles out of whatever it is they are playing.