Best jazz-fusion news of the year: The Dixie Dregs are reuniting for a series of shows in 2018.
The original lineup — with guitarist Steve Morse, violinist Allen Sloan, keyboardist/saxophonist Steve Davidowski, bassist Andy West and drummer Rod Morgenstein — is scheduled to launch their tour in February. Four shows — in Orlando, Boston, Atlanta and NYC — are on the books for March.
Back in the day, I remember being bowled over by the band’s entrancing, chops-heavy, Southern-fried fusion. Last time I saw Morse was at one of his own band’s shows in Orlando, circa ’91 or so. Forty years later after they started, do they still have it?
“Our shared history goes way back in time (for some of us, as far back as high school), to the early 70s,” West wrote on the band’s web site. “So the synergy of this group has a particular feeling to it that we knew would be worth revisiting.
“Everybody is excited about the idea of our digging into our deep, shared Dregs roots. Who knows what the musical future will bring for the Dregs? But right now, we are looking forward to playing live again, and thrilled to be talking to you about it here.”