Sen Morimoto shares live performance of “Picture of a Painting”

Almost as good as the studio version.

Fresh off the release of his well-received debut LP Cannonball!, Sen Morimoto has now shared a live version of the album highlight, “Picture of a Painting.”

The Kyoto-born, Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist brought out his entire band for the performance, leading the ensemble with his smooth sax skills and laid-back flow. The singer also enlisted the help of backup singers.

While the performance stayed mostly true to the original, it was, however, missing Reason Being’s verses. Morimoto replaced the rapper, who peppered the album cut with ad libs and quick-fire rhymes, with an effortless sax solo.

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“I’ve been playing this one live for a couple years and I usually solo over [Reason Being’s] verse, or have Sam [his bandmate] do a trumpet solo. It’s the only song in my set that we really get to stretch out on,” the Chicagoan told Consequence of Sound.

Which one do you prefer: the live edition or the original? Watch the video below:

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