San Diego Symphony's second night of the Masterworks season showcased the power of place and personality
Garrett Harris noon, Oct. 13
Barnaby Finch: Keyboards, Piano | Robin Adler: Vocals | Dave Blackburn: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Dave Curtis: Bass guitar, Keyboards | Barry Cahill: Flute, Saxophone, Vocals | Danny Campbell: Drums | Peggy Watson: Vocals
Genre: Covers | Standards
Sound description: Very Joni Mitchell-like.
RIYL: Joni Mitchell
Inception: Fallbrook, 2006
Influences: Joni Mitchell
San Diego vocalist Robin Adler and her husband, guitarist Dave Blackburn, together with a large, tight ensemble they call the Mutts of the Planet, perform the music of Joni Mitchell. The band was founded in 2006, with the ambitious gameplan of learning all of Mitchell’s notoriously difficult music.
Adler honed her considerable vocal chops for years as a member of San Diego jazz guitarist Peter Sprague’s groups, which frequently covered Mitchell material.
Along with Adler’s voice and Blackburn’s guitar, as of 2012 M.O.T.P. features Barnaby Finch on piano, David Curtis on keyboards, Danny Campbell on drums, Barry Cahill on vocals, sax and flute, and Peggy Watson on vocals. The band has also performed with bassist Max Bennett, a veteran musician who toured and recorded with Mitchell back in the day.
Their album Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni was released in 2010.