Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week
Booker T. Jones - Thursday, October 3 - MIM Theater
While Booker T. Jones is no longer laying down organ funk and soul grooves with the M.G.'s, the bandleader and arranger behind such Stax Records greats as Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, and Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign"--and enough overly sampled solo compositions to provide a lifetime of royalty checks--still has a good thing going on. The Drive-By Truckers, with an uncredited Neil Young on lead guitar, backed his 2009 solo album, Potato Hole, which earned him a best Instrumental Album Grammy.
A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and overall four-time Grammy winner, Jones' solo career began in 1962 with the landmark instrumental song and album Green Onions. Jones' funky, soulful Hammond organ became the guiding light in the development of Memphis soul, and eventually spawned the soul jazz movement. More recently, Jones released Sound the Alarm on the revived Stax label. Though packed with guest artists, and filled with vocals instead of the usual instrumental work-ups, Booker T's unmistakable organ carries the load. Touring with a full band, Jones' current show is a harmonic convergence of past and present--and it's a glorious thing. -- Glenn BurnSilver