Funk

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ring Your Bell” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ring Your Bell” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Here’s a greasy, funk-focused triumph that must have made Gamble and Huff turn green.

‘One of the most requested songs’: On that mysterious date from Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘September’

‘One of the most requested songs’: On that mysterious date from Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘September’

We’ve all heard the tune. But just what happened during the 21st night?

Deep Purple vs. the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Vol. 3, Mistreated

Deep Purple vs. the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Vol. 3, Mistreated

Enter bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes and vocalist David Coverdale.

War – Greatest Hits (1976; 2014 reissue)

War – Greatest Hits (1976; 2014 reissue)

A force in its day, the music of this seminal funk-jazz-rock combo remains very much potent today.

One Track Mind: Rebirth Brass Band, “Rebirth Groove” Move Your Body (2014)

One Track Mind: Rebirth Brass Band, “Rebirth Groove” Move Your Body (2014)

As this song trumpets – quite literally – there ain’t nothing like a Rebirth groove.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins, May 10, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins, May 10, 2014

Bootsy Collins came to North Carolina’s LEAF Festival to spread his gospel of funk.

Incognito – Amplified Soul (2014)

Incognito – Amplified Soul (2014)

‘Amplified Soul’ is Incognito’s usual great stuff, which qualifies as well above average classic-style soul.

‘What a soul for New Orleans’: Allen Toussaint talks Dr. John ahead of Saturday tribute concert

‘What a soul for New Orleans’: Allen Toussaint talks Dr. John ahead of Saturday tribute concert

Dr. John’s flamboyant life and hoodoo-tinged music will be celebrated during a special concert event to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New Orleans as part of the Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Thom Douvan – Brother Brother (2014)

Thom Douvan, a greasy-great guitarist who’d had an earlier stint gigging with the legendary Funk Brothers, could have used this opportunity to pay too-reverent respects to Motown. But the very fun, very funky Brother Brother is much more than that.

Omar Hakim – We Are One (2014)

It’s not just that the do-anything Omar Hakim rarely puts out his own albums. That’s perhaps understandable, considering his over-stuffed career as a sideman alongside the likes of Sting, Weather Report, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Miles Davis and Daft Punk. What was strange was how little, well, drumming there seemed to be on his solo efforts.