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Tuesday, July 25

Jazz is Jimmy Herring: A review of Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip at Minglewood Hall. Words: Kevin Long

Jazz is Jimmy Herring: A review of Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip at Minglewood Hall. Words: Kevin Long
Photos*Jimmy Herring FB Page

Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip kicked off 
their tour at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday night. Widespread Panic has a light touring schedule this summer and Herring seized this rare opportunity to assemble his friends who also possess olympian chops and hit the road. Jimmy Herring is constantly evolving and owning his craft. Throughout his wondrous career he has never strayed far from the heat of the stage lights that illuminate his perpetual desire to channelize his music. He is in a class by himself and the performance that transpired with his new band certainly substantiated his unparalleled talent. 
     Jimmy Herring promptly led his bandmates onto the featureless stage at 9:00 o'clock sharp. The consummate professional is obviously the band leader, besides the marquee there was no other indications. The band launched into Miles Davis’ classic “Black Satin” and within moments the brilliance of the music washed over the diverse crowd. If anyone had preconceived notions entering the venue they were quickly evaporated by the brilliance raining from Jimmy Herring’s guitar. Longtime collaborator Jeff Sipe was keeping perfect time while Kevin Scott rounded out the rhythm section, this allowed Herring to dazzle the audience with his miraculous chops all evening. 
   Over the course of the uncorrupted set of music Jimmy’s guitar sounded angelic replacing the need for any vocalist. The entire instrumental performance flawlessly mixed celebrated covers, songs from Jimmy’s previous solo projects,new material and even included numbers from his impeccable band. Mathew Slocum who shined behind his B3 Organ, tossed his original “Matt’s Funk” into the setlist to great ends. It's impossible to single out highlights when the music is performed at such an extraordinary level. The jazzed up cover of The Allman Brothers “Les Brer’s” certainly got the bedazzled fans moving. My personal favorite was an extended rendition of The Meters “Pungee”.The jazz arrangement was stunning while Herring’s soul seemed to sequester his fingers, as notes apparently surrounded the hall with blistering speed. It mattered very little if this band was playing “Rainbow” written by Jeff Sipe or the timeless classic “Jungle Book”. The brilliance mixed with the passion left the crowd breathless time and time again. 
    I implore everyone to go see this band  it will remind you how profound the power of music can be. The crowd left Minglewood Hall astonished and searching for words to explain the bravura performance. Jimmy Herring is a marvel to behold  with his unassuming persona he let's his guitar do all the talking, or in the case of his current project, all the singing. 

Words:Kevin Long