funk Archive

Concert Preview: Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath

Shine a light into some of rock history’s less well-lit corners, and you’ll discover some strange yet intriguing detours. Among the most remarkable of these is the conceptual mash-up: combining not two different songs, but two different musical sensibilities. The results can often be noteworthy. Take, for example, the one-off music film clip made for

Bonus Weekend Feature: 101 Runners

I’m getting married today! And I’m so happy about it that I have a gift for my readers: an extra, weekend piece. This is an edited version of a feature that ran a couple of weeks ago in Asheville NC’s local altweekly, Mountain Xpress. — bk New Orleans is rightly acclaimed as the birthplace of

Hundred Word Reviews for August 2014, Part 4

This set of five 100-word reviews focuses on new music, some of which is from familiar names; others might be new to you. All are worthwhile and enthusiastically recommended. Murali Coryell – Restless Mind This son of legendary fusion guitarist Larry Coryell is charting a musical path quite different from his dad: he plays tasty

Hundred Word Reviews for August 2014, Part 3

Five new releases are the focus of this clutch of hundred-word reviews. Analog Son – Analog Son The name might conjure mental visions of a synthesizer outfit, but the sounds that this duo-plus-friends (guitarist Jordan Linit and Josh Fairman on bass) produces is some fresh and uptempo funk. Seven of the ten tracks are instrumentals

Album Review: Bobby Rush — Decisions

An authentic blues album is a rare thing in 2014. Maybe it’s a function of modern recording techniques; I don’t know the reason. But most attempts at capturing the blues in the context of a recording session end up feeling and sounding sterile and lifeless, rote and unimaginative. The good news is that the current

Album Review: Narada Michael Walden – Thunder

Polymath Narada Michael Walden is a giant in many fields: a monster drummer in the fusion, progressive, jazz and funk fields, he’s also a highly accomplished songwriter who’s penned hits for pop singers (Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and others). But on this album, he’s out front. And he makes a compelling case that out front

Shuggie Otis at The Orange Peel, Asheville NC 9 October 2013 (Part One)

One evening early in September 2013, I was on the phone with a good friend. “Shuggie Otis is playing next month at The Orange Peel,” I announced. “What?! No…” Clearly I was mistaken, he thought. “He’s dead.” No he’s not, I assured my friend. But that belief is a common, understandable mistake. Son of famed

Album Review: Sly and the Family Stone — Higher!

The work of Sly Stone has long called for a collection like this one. A set bringing together 77 tracks across four discs, it includes not only the obvious hits – and there were so many – but a pile of fascinating rarities and obscurities. The rare and/or unreleased juvenilia on the first disc is

July Capsule Reviews, #3 of 3

Today I present yet four more capsule reviews. Today’s crop includes reissues on the Real Gone Music label. RGM is committed to unearthing long- (and unjustly-) forgotten music, and these four titles — all from the too-often-maligned decade of the 1970s – certainly meet that standard. My self-imposed limit for this particular exercise is 150

Album Review: Redtenbacher’s Funkestra – The Cooker

A very good friend of mine – a drummer and a serious student of music – has, in the last several years, become quite wary – cynical, almost – about musical genre labeling. In his case, it’s the term garage rock. “I can’t tell you how many times,” he’ll say, “that some band has advertised