The World of Captain Beefheart
GARY LUCAS, who made his reputation as an outstanding guitarist with CAPTAIN BEEFHEART (Don Van Vliet), has been determined to keep Don's brilliant and groundbreaking legacy alive
by leading tributes to his late friend and mentor for many years—
including jazz-rock ensemble Fast 'N' Bulbous, and his own one-man Captain Beefheart Symposium.
His latest tribute to the genius of Don Van Vliet is a 5 piece group, THE WORLD OF CAPTAIN BEEFHEART—
featuring GARY LUCAS and legendary soul icon NONA HENDRYX (Labelle) on vocals.
They've just recorded a new studio album that spans the entire length and breadth of Captain Beefheart's groundbreaking catalog, from "Safe as Milk" through "Trout Mask Replica" and beyond.
Also along for the wild ride are Fast 'N' Bulbous bassist Jesse Krakow, keyboard whiz Jordan Shapiro (Gods and Monsters), and drummer Richard Dworkin (Alex Chilton).
Together they cover the cream of Beefheart's wildly original synthesis of r&b, free jazz, rock and blues which spans his recorded entire output.
Happily, much of the group's repertoire is also found on the recent Captain Beefheart Box Set "Sun Zoom Spark", released Nov. 10th 2014 on Warner Brothers/Rhino!!
Gary and Nona first came together a few years ago in a big symphonic Beefheart tribute with The Metropole Orchestra at Amsterdam's Paradiso, produced by Co de Kloet.
Now they're together again rocking out in a lean and mean Beefheart machine.
View a clip of the band performing "When Big Joan Sets Up" at The Bridge LI:
Nona and Gary rock the Paradiso Amsterdam with "When It Blows Its Stacks":
Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas NYC 1/2014