Ah, the Supergroup. She's a fickle mistress for musicians, often paying massive dividends for the investment of brilliant musical minds, but other times ... not so much. Examples of successful collaborations range from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and the Traveling Wilburys to Velvet Revolver, Audio Slave, and Them Crooked Vultures. At the same time, here's just one example of the not so successful -- VH1's Supergroup, train wreck TV that married the talents of Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian, Jason Bonham, Evan Seinfeld and the Nuge.
Taking a cue from the aforementioned (the good ones, anyway), our very Miami version of the supergroup, Cleaveland Jones, Diogo Brown and JJ Freire, giving patrons of The Standard tonight a second helping of what was apparently quite a show last Wednesday.
"The pairing with JJ and Diogo happened by accident, actually," explains Jones. "Although I have played with both of these guys many times before, I don't think the three of us have ever played together in this setting. Because it's summer, there's been some rotation of personnel lately. Last week was pretty last minute, but it was great. So here we are again."
Alright, so Chris Cornell and Scott Weiland had much less to do with inspiring the Brazilian tropicalia throwdown that ensued last week and repeats tonight than, say, Gilberto Gil. But the coming together of three of Miami's top musicians is no less fortuitous because it came together by chance.
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"I'm surprised these two don't play together more often," says Jones. "It's a lot of fun."
How can it not be? The collaboration between the bassist who provides Lanzallamas Monofonica's hard-grooving bass lines (Brown), with the foundation of Suenalo's infectious beat (Friere's their drummer) and the soulful, swaying rhythms Jones displays on his own tracks like, "Stumble" and "If You Don't Love Me," could only be a match made in heaven.
Show starts at 9pm and parking will be discounted. This will be the last time this goes down for "a little while," according to Jones, so you don't want to miss it.