JazzTimes is honored to present the premiere of a new video by the Dave Weckl Band. “Big B Little B” is taken from the group’s first album since 2005, Live in St. Louis, recorded at the Chesterfield Jazz Festival in 2019. The album is scheduled to be released on April 9 by Autumn Hill Records.
For this special concert in his hometown, drummer/bandleader Weckl gathered together keyboardist Jay Oliver, bassist Tom Kennedy, guitarist Buzz Feiten, and saxophonist Gary Meek, each of whom had been a member of the band at some point during its original existence from 1998 to 2005 (Oliver, Kennedy, and Feiten were all co-founding members). In the decade-and-a-half between its last album, 2005’s Multiplicity, and the Chesterfield Amphitheater gig documented on Live in St. Louis, the group had reunited only once, for two benefit shows in 2013; for Feiten, this was his first performance with Weckl in more than 20 years.
Weckl says of this track, which originally appeared on the band’s debut album, 1998’s Rhythm of the Soul: “‘Big B Little B’ (title reflects the B-flat key signature!) is a high-energy groove tune with a killer hook melody, rhythm section fun and expressive solos by Gary Meek and yours truly … Enjoy!”
The full track lineup for Live in St. Louis is as follows:
- The Zone
- Big B Little B
- Mud Sauce
- 101 Shuffle
- What Happened to My Good Shoes?
- Song for Claire
- Rhythm-a-Ning (Drum & Bass Duet)
- Tower ’99
- Access Denied
- The Chicken (digital-only bonus track)
For more information on Dave Weckl, visit his website.