When: Thursday, June 19, 2008 • Where: Dakota • Who: Robert Everest, guitars and voice; Pete Whitman, saxophones; Gus Lindquist, trumpet; Dan Arlig, bass; Michael Bissonnette, drums; ??? percussion; Chico Chavez, percussion; special guest Mary Louise Knutson, piano
After leaving the Orpheum and RTF, we go to the Dakota for Robert Everest and his group Expedition. I’ve heard Everest just once before, maybe at Rossi’s? He’s a serious student of guitar in mainly Latin styles, our resident Caetano Veloso. Expedition plays all kinds of music: Latin American, Brazilian funk, jazz, Mediterranean, Cuban, Mexican.
We hear “Girl from Ipanema,” a tune from Ry Cooder’s Buena Vista Social Club, “Beyond the Sea” (written by Charles Trenet, originally “La Mer,” made famous here by Bobby Darrin; Everest sings it in French), tunes from Cuba and Brazil and Barcelona. Songs with melody and flavor and rhythm, nicely played and often sung in Everest’s clear tenor with a touch of vibrato. Knutson joins the band for “Sambado Brado” (?), a novel arrangement of “On the Street Where You Live,” Jobim’s “Chovendo na Roseira (Raining in the Rose Garden)” and “Double Rainbow” (Everest sings it in Portuguese), a Senagalese tune (with Whitman on soprano sax), and, of all things, “Misty.” Beautiful, accessible music, very well done. Expedition returns to the Dakota on July 24; Mary Louise will be there all night.
Hear samples of Everest’s music, including original compositions. Photos by John Whiting.