There's nothing more satisfying than witnessing two masters of a particular musical skill in collaboration, be it guitar legends Chet Atkins and Les Paul or jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Bu
There's nothing more satisfying than witnessing two masters of a particular musical skill in collaboration, be it guitar legends Chet Atkins and Les Paul, jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa or even Donny Hathaway singing with Roberta Flack.
But no alliance is more fun and exciting than when avant-metal guru Mike Patton and the Jimi Hendrix of the human beat box, Rahzel tha Godfather of Noyze, come together on stage. When they surprised fans in 2003 with a brief, unexpected series of shows, they offered a rusty but entertaining display of how two disparate voices and a pair of mics could create a veritable symphony of sonic delights.
The duo made a triumphant return to the NYC area over the holiday break with a two-date stand at Brooklyn's Warsaw Polish National Home, with opening acts Dub Trio on the first night, Dalek on the second and Wilco drummer Glen Kotche's one-man band act on both evenings.
Those lucky enough to have attended the opening show caught another stellar performance from the Brooklyn-based Trio, faithful students of Pole and Prince Jammy who have taken a more metallic edge to their post-dub flavor. This was especially clear when Patton joined them for a killer version of "Not Alone," an old school Faith No More-style rocker featuring Mike on lead vocals that will appear on Dub Trio's forthcoming "New Heavy," due May 9 via ROIR.
As a unit, Patton and Rahzel showed a vast improvement from their prior area appearance at Irving Plaza. They seemed a lot looser and more comfortable around each other and their varied styles exhibited a more cohesive chemistry, which led to a highly entertaining show.
While the tone of the set remained in the vein of experimental improvisation, the laughs far outweighed the bug-outs this time around. The comedic banter seemed a lot more natural between the two men, both of whom are well-known for their zany stage antics. At one point, Patton hijacked a cell phone call answered by a girl up front during a song, and harassed the caller with his trademark irreverent humor.
Sure, the duo did manage to promote the Patton-curated Ennio Morricone anthology on his Ipecac label with some off-the-cuff jamming straight off the most psychedelic Italian art house flick and a little Polish party music in tribute to the venue.
But overall, their set was dominated by other peoples' music, moving the crowd with intriguing, all-voice renditions of such pop nuggets as the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" and Madonna's "Ray of Light," which they kicked into after coming across it on a radio they had miked up to their amps.
They even busted out a little Sizzla, throwing his crucial anthem "Solid as a Rock" into the mix. But the highlight of the night was their wild version of Kanye's "Gold Digger," with Patton chanting the Jamie Foxx/Ray Charles hook through a CB mic, second only to an appropriate homage to the late ODB with an outstanding Rahzel-led tear-up of "Got Your Money."