They have taken what they learned under his wing and applied it to their various outside projects, and now they have come back to their roots with a renewed vigor.
The band wasted no time busting out some serious soul in “Black Bottom.” In between ripping solos from Jimmy Herring and Matt Slocum, the band showed flawless dynamics, and Col. Bruce rang out the blues. After getting a little weird with “Elevator To The Moon,” it was time to dig deep into jazz territory with “Basically Frightened.” Jimmy shredded out a monster solo to open up the bluesy “Another Man Done Gone,” followed by a lengthy solo from the Colonel himself! Here is where Jimmy really began to stretch his wings. “Give Thanks To Chank” had him all over the spectrum, aided by the driving build of drummer Jeff Sipe. “Chank” gave way to a funky “Space Is The Place,” and then we got our first mouthful of the one and only Oteil Burbidge, who broke out into a jazz plucking intro to “The Dragon.” Story time again, as the Colonel brought us back to “1911” and Jimmy scrambled our brains, followed by some psychedelic clavinet tones from Slocum. A classic “Yield Not To Temptation” closed out a fantastic first set.
The band returned to the stage with a jubilant “Isles of Langerhan,” before bringing some laid back funk in “My Brother’s House.” The quintet kicked up the groove into their second set stride with “Time Flack,” featuring jazzy chord work. Jimmy Herring rocked out a quick but shredding solo after the first verse, and then we were treated to a quick bass solo from Oteil, followed by an incredible drum solo from Sipe. Slocum took a turn soloing to bring us back around as the crowd roared. Oteil led the intro to “Rampage” with a killer bass groove, and the whole crowd danced their asses off. Slocum spat out another psychedelic clavinet solo like nothing I’ve ever heard, and then Jimmy brought the song up to a raging peak. A classic cover of “Good Morning Little School Girl” gave the Colonel a chance for some vocal fun, followed by some epic jazz in “Time Is Free.” The band truly dug deep and branched out in this one, creating an intense emotion of sonic exploration among the audience. Sticking with the jazz theme, “Jazz Bank” brought out an old-school type of feel, as Col. Bruce got into his quirky storytelling mode. A fast-paced “Compared To What,” reminiscent of ‘70s soul led into a dark, dissonant jam, followed by a dynamic “Davy Crockett,” featuring some fast finger work from Oteil in a jazzy solo section, to finish off the second set. After some kind words from the band, they came out with an encore of “Phantom On The Curb,” bringing some serious funk to end the night on a high note.
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