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Album Review

If you've ever seen JJ Grey & Mofro, you have an idea of what to expect from this concert-length DVD and accompanying 78-minute CD. That said, since this gig, recorded in January at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse, was pre-planned with the end result being Brighter Days, maybe you don't. For starters, there's the band. For this engagement, Mofro was a sextet that included saxophonist Art Edmaiston, trumpeter Dennis Marion, organist and pianist Anthony Farrell, drummer Anthony Cole, electric and lap steel guitarist Andrew Trube, and bassist Todd Smallie. The concert footage is broken up with documentary footage of Grey — who hails from the swamps of Florida — telling stories (he's brilliant at it) and offering his observations on music, life, and various and sundry thoughts. The DVD gig contains three more songs than the CD. Musically, Mofro is excellent here. The way Grey and band combine their loosely played (not sloppy) roots meld of Southern R&B, country, blues, gospel, and muddy pop has a way of gaining in intensity, whether they are playing vintage tunes or newer ones; it's instictive, not something you can rehearse. Grey's voice is much grittier live than on records, it is a catalyst for the band to build upon and they do so whenever presented with the opportunity. The Brighter Days film was by Spookie Daly, Rovi

Customer Reviews

no better than live.......

folks this is a treat. jj grey and mofro never disappoint in the studio and every album is great is a special special treat. If you like your blues down, dirty, filthy and swamp then you need to check out this amazxing live album. Great souldful with tons of horns and harp and guitar and of course jj's amazing raspy voice. this is a gem snatch it fast!

Speaks Directly to the Soul!!!!

Been a JJ fan for a while, and every album is a masterpiece in itself. Having a live album is just icing on the cake of a great career and some of the best home grown music anyone can ever ask for. If you dont have all the albums you are definitely missing out on music that speaks directly to your soul.

Swamp blues/funky/rock

This is great music. Just left SLC, UT where a friend from Baton Rouge told me about Mofro. Downloaded in DFW airport and taking this back to "The Rock" to share. Definitely going to road trip and see these guys live! Awesome album. Getting ready to download Choice Cuts for the studio versions.
JLT - Little Rock


Formed: 1996 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Mofro is based in the Florida city of Jacksonville, near where JJ Grey and Daryl Hance grew up, the band actually formed across the Atlantic in London. The Floridians were in Great Britain to work on a recording contract that ended up going sour. While in London, the two musicians made the acquaintance of Nathan Shepherd, a keyboard player from Down Under, and Fabrice Quentin, a bassist who hails from France. Shepherd and Quentin joined them for a short time under the Mofro moniker. Unfortunately,...
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