Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers
Live in Concert
429 Records (B004WB0QNE)
By Michael Lovett
Fans of multitalented pianist Bruce Hornsby, rejoice! He has finally released a domestic 2-CD live album (his only prior live release was a limited edition “Live In Japan”). Anyone who can perform a live medley of Keith Jarret’s “Wind Up” with the children’s folk song “Big Rock Candy Mountain” deserves kudos in my book. There are classical influences, such as Charles Ives and Samuel Barber. There’s a haunting medley of Hornsby’s “Fortunate Son” with Pink Floyd’s classic “Comfortably Numb.” Deadheads will enjoy performances of “Standing On The Moon,” as well as the set opener “Cyclone,” co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. One minor quibble: The quick fades between songs tends to interrupt the live listen experience. Overall this album is a major treat for Hornsby fans and people who enjoy live albums alike.