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Genres: Pop, Rock
For 18 years, Page McConnell has been the keyboardist for Phish, one of the most important and influential bands of the past two decades. Vida Blue is the debut from Page's adventurous trio. McConnell explores grooves b... more »
For 18 years, Page McConnell has been the keyboardist for Phish, one of the most important and influential bands of the past two decades. Vida Blue is the debut from Page's adventurous trio. McConnell explores grooves both atmospheric and energetic with a sterling rhythm section comprising bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and drummer Russell Batiste (The Meters). 2002.
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The Silent One Steps It Up
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Page McConnell steps out of the shadows of his old Phish band-mates and presents VIDA BLUE, featuring the all-star rhythm section of Oteil Burbridge and Russell Batiste. Released virtually under the radar with little publicity or hype, Vida Blue is a collection of seven original tracks ranging from techno-funk excursions to mellow piano soul. McConnell's wide array of keyboards and synths glide over the percolating bass and drum interplay of Burbridge and Batiste to create the truly unique sound which is Vida Blue. Kudos to Page and the band for taking a risk and releasing music that is true to themselves without selling out or caving in to radio-friendliness."
Cheesy and Boring
M. Pike | Charlotte, NC USA | 11/18/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you like disco beats and goofy lyrics sung by an even goofier singer, then you'll love this cd. Otherwise, you should check out 'The illustrated band', which is the same band, plus some, but Page is obviously not driving the bus, and that's a very good thing. The grooves on 'Vida Blue' are weak and don't even begin to demonstrate the monstrous talent of Otiel Burbridge and Russell Batiste, and even Page for that matter.
Overall it's not terrible, but it is very dissapointing. A waste of talent indeed, and a waste of money for me."
A. Valentine | Ardmore, PA | 12/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a long time Phish fan, I tend to purchase just about every side project Phish members put out. Vida Blue is far from another side project, it probably ranks right up there with Oysterhead in terms of musicianship. Personally, I enjoy the Vida blue material more than the last Phish release.Otiel Burbidge is a phenomenal base player, I highly recommend picking up his solo work and ARU stuff. I was not familiar with Russell Bastiste's playing, but after listening to this album I decided to pick up some of his work. Overall, Vida Blue's first release a must have for anyone who likes jambands."