Umphrey's McGee Hits Madison With All Improv Set Feat. Joshua Redman + Much More (Video + Photos) February 01, 2016 10:10

Umphrey's McGee continued their winter tour with special guests TAUK this weekend, with some very special plans for their two-night run at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, WI.  All four sets in Madison saw guest appearances from Joshua Redman, a saxophonist known for frequent collaboration with the band.  Friday night's second set featured over an hour of all improv music, with several vocal "Jimmy Stewart" jams from Brendan Bayliss.  Many of these improv vocal jams in the past have eventually developed into new songs.  Redman remained on stage for the entire improv set.  Friday night's encore, "Dont You (Forget About Me)," featured a special tribute to Jerry Cummins, the father of keyboardist Joel Cummins, who recently passed away. 

Saturday night's show gave Bayliss and Jake Cinninger (guitar/vocals) a chance to go acoustic on the newer tune "Gone For Good," as well as "Uncle Wally" and "That's The Way."  Redman then returned to the stage for "Intentions Clear," "Made To Measure," and "Great American."  Redman joined the band for two more songs ("The Triple Wide", "Speak Up") to begin a rocking second set which eventually concluded with the classic "Plunger."  A "Hangover" encore was all that the Madison crowd needed to head home with a permanent smile.

Watch "From The Hip," an excerpt from Umphrey's McGee's improv set w/ Joshua Redman here:

Watch "Don't You Forget About Me," a tribute to the late Jerry Cummins, here:

Umphrey's McGee :: Photos by Phierce Photo of FX Media Solutions

TAUK :: Photos by Phierce Photo of FX Media Solutions

Setlist:

Umphrey's McGee - Orpheum Theatre

Madison, WI - 01.28.16

Set 1: Drink My Drank > Conduit, Attachments, Got Your Milk (Right Here) > Syncopated Strangers > Den > Syncopated Strangers, No Diablo, The Crooked One[1] > Soul Food I[1] > Similar Skin[1]

Set 2: Improvisation[2]

Encore: Hindsight, Don't You (Forget About Me)

[1] with Joshua Redman on saxophone [2] with Joshua Redman on saxophone; "Jimmy Stewart" with vocals

Notes: the second set was completely improvised Don't You (Forget About Me) was dedicated to Jerry Cummins

Support: TAUK

Setlist:

Umphrey's McGee - Orpheum Theatre

Madison, WI - 01.28.16

Set 1: Le Blitz > Spires > Example 1, Gone for Good[1], Uncle Wally[1] > That's the Way[1], Intentions Clear[2] > Made to Measure[2], Great American[2], The Floor

Set 2: The Triple Wide[2], Speak Up[2], Comma Later -> Make It Right, August, Señor Mouse, Plunger[3]

Encore: Hangover

[1] with Brendan and Jake on acoustics [2] wirh Joshua Redman on saxophone [3] with Entrance of the Gladiators (Julius Fučík) teases

Support: TAUK