Sweat & Tears / Tim Buckley
(Wollman Rink, Central Park N.Y.)
Schaefer Music Festival reached back into the '60s for a group which,
though it has undergone many personnel changes, just won't quit, when Blood, Sweat
& Tears performed Saturday (27) night on a bill opened by Tim Buckley.
brings a philosophical question back, if a rock group undergoes a complete change
of personnel, is it still the same rock group? Perhaps not the same, but certainly
just as good, particularly when Jerry LaCroix is vocalizing.
and Jerry Fischer are outstanding vocally and there is some brilliant musicianship
exhibited by the likes of Bill Tillman on alto sax and flute, Tony Klatka on flugelhorn
and trumpet, and Bobby Colomby on drums. All of which is not meant to slight the
others in the nine-man group, who keep it together with excellent music.
recording group got into today, then into the early BS&T days, winding with
an encore rendition of Spinning Wheel, with the audience gathered in front
of the stage, a few into the by now banal match burning bit. Al Kooper joined
the group on organ and vocals for one number, which he penned. In all, more than
an hour and a half of satisfying music.
Buckley, playing electric guitar and
with guitar, bass, drums and keyboards behind him, did a strong opening part of
his set, but 75 minutes for an opening act can be a bit much, as it was on this
bill, when most came to hear the headliners.
mixed his older material with some of his latest for the Discreet label and his
fans knew them all, though many left when he was finished. He puts on a strong
show, but ought to cut it in a situation like this one.