APR
20
2019
Twiddle
Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY
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Twiddle. These guys out there zig zagging around the world throwing down fresh jams in ways wandering when wanted yet tight to transitions as has been a them this year. The night started with a solid double decker sandwich featuring dinner fork as the bread while nicodemus portalay and a blistering box served as the meat. The drop into nicodemus was just great. Tons of energy early at steel which is everything a rock club should be. Great sound sight lines and amenities. Rivers Drift stayed second half of first set and got lost in a disco party funk jam that had me on dance cloud nine fantasy land. How can things get better, enter Taz. Saw him with twiddle during that bakers dozen first weekend after party. Said it then repeat it now, he could join twiddle full time and band wouldn’t miss a beat and probably take over the world. Him and mihali are on same wave length. Unreal chemistry and just a builds off hat incorporating the whole band to reach new levels. They chose Lost in the Cold as their first collaborative challenge. Great tune fantastic version. Two sets to go. Party. Set two opens with jamflowman cause it’s a holiday and you got to bring out the big guns. Frankenfoote follows and that’s about as big as it gets in twiddle world back to back and bangin to boot. Apples keeps party rolling and a bit of frankenfoote ends the first section of set two and here comes Taz back for more. Syncopated Healing fine choice and then a beautifullly executed Hattie’s When it Rains it Pours closes out the frame. All that’s left is special scheduled to appear for one of three sets mr. pedal steel himself Robert Randolph. Was fired up for this. What happened was more than interesting and I will now attempt to put in words what I might have imagined in my head but it’s just my thoughts that are only opinion and it was something. Not sure how this got put together but when they walked out and fired up Latin Tang it sure felt right. This sound is right in Robert’s wheelhouse complete with voodoo Chile tease a staple in his world. Things turned a bit as the tune devolved into a get to know you jam. Randolph sort of introduced himself to each member. His respect and happiness to be playing with mihali seemed apparent although at times he seemed to have mixed feelings/results with his interactions involving keyboardist Ryan Dempsey. This came to a head or wasn’t even a thing when Robert tossed Ryan some approval with a keyboard playing motion and head nod at Ryan after a shape solo line. Robert was animate and vocal in praise during this far reaching jam. It seemed sarcastic at times though to me almost like he was toying or even clowning with this often hated upon band that garners unwarranted disrespect from certain ultra cool jam fans. During this tang, this ledgendary already dispite spelling errors, I had a thought that this set might just turn into one long jam especially as it devolved into what I called Robert Randolph groove on my Setlist. During this section Mr. Randolph strapped in and took that club to dance party USA delivering line after line of tasty pedal steel lines that built to a frenzy that made it quite obvious he was indeed on another level talent wise. His interactions with Gubb proved incomplete early. Seemingly he sensed gubb’s skills but Zeb failed to exert himself enough to fully stand up but that all gets resolved later. Alas tang had to end sometime. I feel like it was 20 plus minutes but like I said I was really enjoying my holidaze. Mamunes the faun starts up and was a nice rocker party fun time. Short and surprisingly tight with guest and all. Give the drummer some next with Brook Jordan showing his soulful rocker Drifter. Worked well. Fan favorite Every Soul got party going again and then the back end of the set took off with a jam building into and then full on being Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love”. This was full spectrum jam a la the set opening tang. It ended up being a thanks for playing jam. Ryan and Robert connected hard trading lines and building off each other. A few cues might have been missed later but the love started to feel more real. Just a great tune too. Dance party. After massive crescendo the band left chatting each other up intensely. Taz returned for encore instrumental dual guitar favorite Milk then Robert joined the party for a show closing run through All Along the Watchtower. Just wow. Taz shines brightest and it was great to see Randolph and him together. Robert looked surprised how smooth Taz fit and just crushed it. He had an opportunity to try and top Taz’s glorious final solo but chose to just play a few fine lines and say goodnight to a well lit club of Twiddle fans. Great times in Brooklyn. Love Brooklyn Steel. Twiddle always wins.
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