The band shone most brightly, of course, on the hard-rock numbers from Satriani’s earlier recordings.
Songs from his breakthrough albums “Surfing With the Alien” and “Flying in a Blue Dream” brought roars from the 1,000 or so pupils. Hamm’s unrestrained style and Mover’s unpredictable aggression and the trio’s stage familiarity created a number of instrumental masterpieces.
The current “Joe Satriani” set, his seventh for Relativity, is being embraced by adult album alternative radio stations, a new twist for Satriani.
The album sports a looser production style and the introduction of blues and jazzy mood-making into Satriani’s repertoire. Here, his dynamic musings weren’t always as loudly received as the hits, but his keen sense of melodic invention, apparent on songs old and new, made the entire program a treat.