1987-02-01 (2nd show), NYC, Lone Star Cafe, Mick Taylor show review by GimmeMTguy
Is there ever a bad version of this beautiful Max Middleton composition? Surely not one played by Mick Taylor. Always a good start for a late show at the Lone Star Cafe.
Put It Where You Want It
An extended jam after the intro measures really rocks (for a jazz tune) but seems to throw the band for a little bit, perhaps because a guest percussionist is joining them, and Mick can be heard mid-song introducing "Big Black".
The percussion sounds almost like a steel drum at times, and the jam has MT playing long slide lines against the quickly syncopated beat. Jon Young adds some Ramsey Lewis-style playing on his electric piano after Mick tells the audience they are going on a music journey with the Blues.
By three-quarters of the way in, everyone is in sync and the investment of time and effort is paying off. This is the type of open-ended improvisation that first spawned Can't You Hear Me Knocking.
I Don't Know
Mick immediately calls for I Don't Know -- a similar jazz fusion song -- and seems to be interested in keeping the vibe going with his guest percussionist.
A fan yells out a compliment about his contribution to the Stones, and Mick humbly deflects the not-so-implied comparison to the current version of the RS.
Mid-track, MT plays long ringing notes and again is creating a contrast versus the short percussion beats. The song almost seems to end but it keeps on, the musicians are having too much fun.
Hot Water Music
So far it's been all jazz fusion and HWM continues the trend. MT seems focused and the introductory theme, which also closes out the song, is played with deliberation. It's all high-paced improvisation in between.
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
The switch to rock culminates in a playful and spirited Can't You Hear Me Knocking, with everyone making their mark.