Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992
In March 1992, The Allman Brothers Band first established the tradition of coming to New York City for a multi-night run at the Beacon Theatre. The highlights here often involve the presence of guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes and the late Allen Woody on bass. Obviously, many of the band’s key tunes and riffs had been coined back when giants Duane Allman and Berry Oakley walked the earth, but all the players in the group here were vetted long enough to understand the heart, brains, and muscle of the music—even if percussionist Marc Quinones had joined just a year prior, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe eased him into the fold. These songs were recorded around the time the jam-band scene was finding its legs, and the ABB’s explorations into blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock were the closest fans of the extended improvisation could come to musical nirvana. Always centered on the classic tracks that made their legacy, the ABB were true players who brought a jazzlike improvisatory element to the music like no other. And for this, any chance to hear them work their magic is worth listening to, repeatedly.