funk Archive

30 Days Out: March 2020 #1: The Yawpers, The Fritz, Southern Culture on the Skids, Eric Johnson

Punk/Americana hybrid. Funky soul that’s equal parts Donny Hathaway and funk/fusion. Unbridled rock ‘n’ roll with a sassy Southern flavor. And some of the most appealing electric guitar tone you’re ever likely to hear. Those are just some of what’s on offer on concert stages in Asheville in the coming thirty days. Artist: The Yawpers

Jerry Jemmott: The Groovemaster (Part 5)

Continued from Part Four… Starting in 1978, Jemmott’s group, Souler Energy, played a mix of styles that showcased the range and versatility of its rotating cast of players. Jemmott also got into arranging, work for theater, and instruction. In addition to recording and releasing a trio of solo albums, Jemmott has produced a number of

Jerry Jemmott: The Groovemaster (Part 4)

Continued from Part Three… The studio gigs kept coming. “I was busy,” Jemmott says. “I was real busy.” But as much as he enjoyed his heavy session schedule, he was starting to burn out. “Duane [Allman] and I wanted to part ways with making records at one point,” he says. “In fact, I think it

Jerry Jemmott: The Groovemaster (Part 3)

Continued from Part Two… Jemmott knew how King’s music usually sounded, but he also knew why people booked him as a session bassist. “People usually call me to do something different,” he emphasizes. “So it was a matter of watching his hands. Whatever he did, I did something different. It was always that blues triplet

Jerry Jemmott: The Groovemaster (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… But now he had to learn to play the new instrument. “And it didn’t happen right away,” Jemmott says. “I had encountered it before, but the sound just turned me off. I said, ‘I will never play one of these things.’” But he felt that he had no choice. “I knew

Jerry Jemmott: The Groovemaster (Part 1)

Jerry Jemott is known as the Groovemaster. An in-demand session musician, he’s one of the most recorded bassists ever. Though his musical foundation is in jazz, he played on many of the greatest and most well-known singles and albums across a wide swath of genres. That’s him on Aretha’s “Think.” Jemmott plays bass on B.B.

Album Review: Empire Strikes Brass — Brassterpiece Theatre

Some creative projects are the result of a carefully thought-out plan. Others happen through a special combination of good fortune and the participants’ openness to whatever develops. The latter is the case for Asheville’s Empire Strikes Brass. The group came together in 2012 for what was planned as a one-off event. Founder and saxophonist Paul

Boxed Set Review: Land of 1000 Dances

Though there were certainly earlier examples, the era of the lavish boxed set began a few decades back; it more or less coincided with the CD era. And it persisted well into the 21st century. In the last few years, it seems to have trailed off, though superb exceptions to that rule continue to pop

Album Review: The Black Tones — Cobain & Cornbread

Ice-T (among many others) has long made the point that African Americans’ role in the creation of rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. While I agree, I suspect that in part the reason for that is that comparatively few people of color work in the rock idiom. I recall vividly just how

Hundred-word Reviews for December 2019, #3

Here’s the final installment of the year (and the decade!) of my quick, condensed album reviews. Ten titles, 100 words each. Seven are new releases; the remaining three are archival and/or reissue releases. There are some SERIOUS gems in here. Sweet Lizzy Project – Technicolor When most people think of Cuban music, their thoughts turn