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Legends Live at Montreux 1997 (Eric Clapton, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, David Sanborn) Review

by Kevin Wierzbicki

If you think of this as an Eric Clapton video, you would be doing yourself and the stellar bunch of musicians appearing here a disservice, but you would not be disappointed. Clapton shares the stage with four kingpins of the jazz world; keyboard player Joe Sample, bassist Marcus Miller, skins man Steve Gadd and funky sax honker David Sanborn. Clapton of course gets lots of space to solo, but keeps things hot and concise rather than lengthy and noodling. Sample, Miller and Gadd also get their play, but the spotlight for the most part is on Sanborn, who honks and squeaks with inspiration throughout. As you would expect from a jazz show, most of these songs are instrumentals, but Clapton steps to the mic for readings of "Going Down Slow" and the laid-back blues number "Third Degree." The band takes a break while Sample flashes back to the ragtime era with a solo piano romp called "Shreveport Stomp;" when the band returns to the stage Miller blows a bass clarinet that's almost as tall as he is for "In a Sentimental Mood," which segues into a version of "Layla." The show closes out with one last vocal from Clapton; the jumpin' jive of "Everyday I Have the Blues."

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