The Blue Note van/bus took us to Yokohama at 12:15. This time we elected to travel without an engineer and to our relief the crew at Motion Blue was fantastic – we all commented that we wished we could take them with us. Very capable, efficient and friendly. The club provided Jon with a keyboard amd Michael said the house-drumkit was excellent. The house-engineer didn’t appear to speak a lick of English but mixed FOH and our monitors and it sounded great. After soundcheck we left to grab a bite to eat and as we got ready to leave, the club’s manager joked with us “please come back”.
We performed at 18:30 and 21:30 and were very happy with our playing. Great grooves and very funky. Michael keeps getting better and better. The trio version of “Firelight” from The Scent of Light sounds great with Jon’s bass taking over the melody at the end of the first section. I asked him whether he turns up the volume knob or stomps on one of his boxes for that line, because it comes in nice and powerful, but he said he just plays a little harder and the bass does the rest. The quality of that Lakland bass and the dynamic range it produces are amazing! It was nice to see heads bobbing and bodies swaying in the audience. I kept my talking to a minimum, which you know is hard for me to do because I like to talk…
The club is located near the water front and here are a couple of photos around sunset: