Last night, folks at BFlat in Bengaluru witnessed probably the best gig till date that Soulmate has ever played in the city. Returning to the venue after over two years, the band was looking to make it a Christmas Weekend to remember and they came out with all guns blazing. With Tips' voice keeping pace with Rudy's guitar licks, the evening soon turned into one big party with everyone in the house singing and clapping along to every song. The crowd was also gifted a guest appearance by Gino Banks on the drums for one song. An absolutely wild night of blues and good old fashioned Rock N Roll.
This particular gig featured the Amir Heri trio play at B-Flat. the trio comprised of Amit Heri on guitars, Ranjit Barot on drums and Karim Elaboudi on keys. The house was surprisingly packed compared to other gigs of this nature. while the musicians seemed to have spent minimum time in rehearsing together (which they admitted), they had a blast jamming away on stage - such is the beauty of jazz and the mastership of music that every member of the trio possessed. What did get to me a bit on some of the songs was the lack of a dedicated bass player that would have taken those songs from mind-blowing to (as Russell Peters puts it) mind-blasting. There was even a guest appearance by Kartik Mani. This was a really fun gig to be at and at the end I was absolutely floored by the quality of music being made. Here are some pics from the gig.