Funk

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

When others are building newfound fame around your essential disco vibe, it’s time for a return in full. And that’s just what Chic has done.

Wild Card – Organic Riot (2015)

Wild Card – Organic Riot (2015)

I was expecting funk. What I was not expecting was the improvisation that Wild Card introduces into every number on ‘Organic Root.’

Mahalia Barnes & the Soul Mates + Joe Bonamassa, “Nasty Gal” from Ooh Yea, The Betty Davis Songbook (2015): Exclusive stream

Mahalia Barnes & the Soul Mates + Joe Bonamassa, “Nasty Gal” from Ooh Yea, The Betty Davis Songbook (2015): Exclusive stream

Here is an exclusive stream of Mahalia Barnes’ cover of the irresistibly raunchy Betty Davis funk number “Nasty Gal,” featuring Joe Bonamassa.

Leslie Johnson – The Leslie Johnson Project (2015)

Leslie Johnson – The Leslie Johnson Project (2015)

The Leslie Johnson Project finds this formidable Texas talent making passionate, funky and forward-leaning music firmly rooted in jazz and funk.

Funkadelic – First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate (2014)

Funkadelic – First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate (2014)

‘First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate’ includes 33 songs, both mirroring Funkadelic’s 33 years away and creating an almost exhaustively comprehensive return.

Butcher Brown – All Purpose Music (2014)

With ‘All Purpose Music,’ the Virginia-based soul-funk-jazz quartet Butcher Brown shows why Nicholas Payton is so fired up about this band.

Stevie Wonder, November 14, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder, November 14, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ is one of those albums that I can truly say changed my life.

Stanley Clarke + Stewart Copeland, Jimmy Herring, Joe Walsh, others – Up (2014)

Stanley Clarke + Stewart Copeland, Jimmy Herring, Joe Walsh, others – Up (2014)

A welcome return to fusion, ‘Up’ finds Stanley Clarke going back to his genre-defying ways.

One Track Mind: Prince, “Clouds” from Art Official Age (2014)

One Track Mind: Prince, “Clouds” from Art Official Age (2014)

Nastily elastic, fantastically dense, this heralds a new age. Or, really, an old one.

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.