The secret weapon in Weston’s group remains his indelible hookup with fiery saxophonist Underhill. Their blistering unison lines and passionate call and-response exchanges create a kind of visceral excitement in concert. And it’s that quality that the guitarist was trying to preserve on his sophomore outing. What I love about Rich is the fact that he is so deeply rooted in rock ’n’ roll, which is rare for saxophonists,” said Weston. “I absolutely love just rocking out, and I’m not so hung up about trying to be jazzy or trying to do that thing. So when we go on tour, we just rock the thing out and
have a great time and we’re not necessarily thinking about playing jazz lines all over the place or the need to fill things with complexity. Rich can just let a note scream, and there’s nothing I like to do more than doing just that. So the chemistry is really good between us.”
With The Space Between, Weston is clearly back on track after a few years of putting his playing career on the shelf. You can feel that live energy leap off of each track on The Space Between, Weston’s stellar followup to Plugged In.
Excerpts from the liner notes by: Bill Milkowski – A regular contributor to Down Beat and is also the author of “JACO: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius” (Backbeat Books)