Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Monday, December 10, 2018

To Ann Arbor over the weekend to see Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, the capstone of a pretty great year of live music. Lloyd's Marvels consist of Bill Frisell, Reuben Rogers on bass, Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar and dobro, and drummer Eric Harland. Oh yeah, and also Lucinda Williams. We knew the show would be great, and it was all that- the presence of pedal steel let Frisell swing, Lucinda was in fine voice, and the rhythm section was terrific. Until Sonny Rollins leaves us he will be the greatest living tenor player, but Wayne Shorter notwithstanding when that day arrives Lloyd will have a legitimate claim to the title. One of the things that this performance highlighted is his versatility: the cat can blow, man. A delightful moment came with Lucinda belting "Joy", on which everyone reached into the blues and rocked out.

Also of note: last time I visited the Athens of the Mitten I reported on Zingerman's Deli. We had a fine lunch there, but if you happen to be in Ann Arbor do not miss Zingerman's Roadhouse. A's Carolina pulled pork was as good as I've has anywhere, my buttermilk fried chicken was perfection, and the collards were so good each mouthful made me want to laugh aloud. When we exclaimed over the greens to our server he brought us each a shot of pot likker that was - there really is no other word for it- sublime. 

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