Browsing Posts tagged funk

Herbie Hancock is among the musicians I hold in the highest regard.  He is one of my favorite piano players, but beyond that represents my ideals of artistry.  His career is distinguished not only by the many icons that have been his peers, but also by the breadth of genre and style that he has [...]

It is widely known and nearly universally agreed by fans of New Orleans music that Troy Andrews, known as Trombone Shorty, is the most gifted crescent city musician of his generation and a promising beacon in a musical lineage as thick as the roux that has flavored its rich tradition. On his debut solo cd, Backatown, on [...]

“AfroBeat is about social, political and cultural literacy. It confronts the geography of world complacency, greed and fear and calls for a trans-formative insubordination.” – Carlos Moore, author of Fela: This Bitch of a Life Fela Kuti is making his resurgent presence felt in popular culture today, 13 years after his untimely death.  The broadway [...]

Here is a link to a great interview with Daptone Records founder Gabe Roth on the Waxpoetics website.  He is also the producer of Sharon Jones’ latest cd, “I Learned the Hard Way” which dropped on April 6th.  There is a cool promo video from it here. Gabe is one of my favorite producers working [...]

RootDownFM is absolutely the coolest listening spot on the web if you like funk, jazz, soul, latin, hip-hop, reggae, afrobeat, boogaloo.  It is a subscription service powered by Live365. Live 24/7, 72 hours no-repeat, and no ads.  It is a fantastic mix of classic cuts and new music from independent artists all carefully chosen by [...]

Happy 4/20.  If you are celebrating today, I think you will enjoy this tune.  It is the end-credit song I arranged and produced for a film called The Green Goddess that is scheduled to be released later this year.  It is performed by Derek Shields on guitar, bass and vocals.  He also wrote the tune [...]

“My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” is the track that introduced me to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (wikipedia) 20 something years ago.  I heard it on a Boston radio station – probably WERS or WGBH, but I can’t remember.  What I do remember is that it blew me away.  I was a kid in [...]

“From the Corner to the Block”- An iTunes playlist just threw this at me while I was cooking dinner.  What a monster track of a super funky album, featuring Juvenile and the Soul Rebels Brass Band.   I can’t wait to hear the new one, “Ya-ka-may”.  Ben Ellman did a great job producing this cd. [...]

I heard his name mentioned many times over a period of years before I finally heard him.  Now, having heard him live with several different bands and listening to him on some fantastic albums, Johnny Vidacovich is one of my favorite drummers.  He can drop a mile-wide pocket, add brilliant color, and keep everyone on [...]

Robert Walter has been laying down boogaloo grooves I love since the first Greyboy Allstars records.  His solo work and his appearances with Stanton Moore is some of my favorite music on NOLA funk, soul jazz scene.  His time feel when he’s soloing makes sure you hear every last drop of the funk. Check it [...]