Rahzel, Questlove, Karl Denson and Big Sam Join Soulive
Photo by Dino Perrucci
Roots drummer Questlove, saxophonist/flutist Karl Denson, trombonist Big Sam Williams, former Roots beat boxer Rahzel and keyboardist Nigel Hall all sat in with Soulive last night. The performance was the third night of the group’s annual Bowlive residency at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl. Like the first few night’s of Soulive’s run, the members of the group kicked off the night on their own, before Denson—freshly off a plane—emerged for “The Swamp,” “Rudy’s Way” and “Shaheed.” Williams and Hall then joined Soulive and Denson for “Leave Me Alone.”
During Soulive’s set break, Godfather of Noyze Rahzel emerged for a brief performance that included his signature number, “If Your Mother Only Knew.” At the end of Rahzel’s “tweener” set, the members of Soulive joined him onstage for “I Am the Magnificent.” The performance segued into Soulive’s second set, which kicked off with a series of Beatles covers from their new album Rubber Soulive, including “Come Together,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” Halfway through Soulive’s second set, Williams, Denson, Hall and Robert Randolph and the Family Band singer Lenesha Randolph all emerged for an all-star version of “Too Much.” Soulive drummer Alan Evans picked up a guitar as Questlove—who was slated to DJ at the club latter in the night as part of his weekly residency at the Bowl—emerged to play drums on Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Soulive, Hall, Denson and Williams later closed the nighr with a run from “Tuesday Night Squad” into James Brown’s “Beweildered” and the end portion of “Tuesday Night Squad.”
Soulive’s Bowlive residency continues this evening. Denson, Jennifer Hartswick and the London Souls are among the evening’s confirmed guests.