Guitar master Eric Krasno kicked off the first evening of his six-show residency at NYC’s Blue Note on Monday, serving up two, single set performances that featured special guests like Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy and Jon Batiste of Stay Human.

For all six shows, Krasno brought in Lettuce’s Nigel Hall on keys, Stay Human’s Louis Cato on drums and Brian McKnight collaborator Chris Loftlin on bass. In a funny moment, Hall said the first time Krasno called him to ask him to work together Nigel—who was living in Maine at the time—hung up because he thought it was Lettuce bandmate Ryan Zoidis playing a prank on him.

On Monday, both of Krasno’s shows kicked off with his originals “76” and “Be Alright.” The early show, however, featured Henry on keys for Freddie Hubbard’s 1972 jazz groove “Povo.” The Snarky Puppy keyboardist stuck around for the rest of the show, adding depth to songs like Krasno’s “Up & Out” and closing tune “Them Changes” by Buddy Miles.

Henry reappeared for Krasno’s second performance, adding his spin to Nigel Hall’s original “Don’t Change for Me” and once again lending a hand on “If It’s Magic.” Things started to really heat up when Jon Batiste sat-in on keys for the final trio of “You Around,” “Them Changes” and the Nigel Hall penned, Krasno-produced “Never Gonna Let You Go.”

Eric Krasno & Friends have four more shows scheduled, two on Tuesday March 20 (feat. Questlove of The Roots) and two on Wednesday March 21 (feat. Robert Randolph).

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For the full setlists from Monday see below:

Eric Krasno & Friends
Early Show
March 19, 2018

76, Be Alright, Don’t Change For Me, Povo%, If It’s Magic%, Up & Out%, Love Havin’ You Around%, Them Changes%

Eric Krasno & Friends
Late Show
March 19, 2018

76, Be Alright, Too Sweet, Don’t Change For Me%, If It’s Magic%, Love Havin’ You Around%$, Them Changes%$, Never Gonna Let You Go%$

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