Steve Howe Trio / Oct. 8 2008

Theatre Plaza and The Steve Howe Trio, Yes! Steve Howe best known for being the guitar player in the band Yes once again playing in an intimate venue. The first was two weeks ago at The Oscar Peterson Hall in a solo performance. Tonight the trio stepped up to the plate. In a very intimate remodeled movie theatre on the Saint Hubert strip. My first thought about Theatre Plaza was why do more promoters not use this venue? A very nice room in our city. Two levels, great sound, nice lighting, Every seat is a good one.

The show started at 8:15PM and we got right into it. The band opened with "Sweet Thunder", a jazzy free flowing piece, a nice warm up tune. Next up was "Dream River". Backed by his son Dylan Howe on drums and Ross Stanley on the Hammond Organ Steve was free to unleash unbelievable guitar work over top. Next up was a better explanation of the night's feel. Steve explained how he is very influenced by a guitar player named Kenny Burrell. Burrell worked at times with Hammond player Jimmy Smith. They had an album called Blue Bash. We were now to get the first of three songs off this album. Very free flowing jazz, lots of ideas and patterns going on. All the players were just stellar in their abilities. Each member had their moment to shine with many solos and call and response jams throughout. Towards the end of the show Dylan left the stage leaving Steve and Ross to play a very deep version of "He Ain't Heavy". Some other highlights would have to be a jazzy version of the Yes songs "Siberian Khatru" and the show closer "Close to the Edge". This was a very memorable evening of music.

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