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Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Karsh Kale – Funkcronomic (2016)

Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Karsh Kale – Funkcronomic (2016)

For twenty minutes, ‘Funkcronomic’ captures that sweet core of George Clinton’s P-Funk innovations.

Bernie Worrell’s Improvisczario went well beyond the expected funk

Bernie Worrell’s Improvisczario went well beyond the expected funk

Bernie Worrell’s ‘Improvisczario,’ released this week in 2007, is bubbling over with grooves. That’s not the surprising part.

Half Notes: Eddie Hazel – Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs (1977; 2012 reissue)

A lost gem by the late, great lead guitarist for Parliament-Funkadelic, Hazel’s 1977 debut album features a trio of well-selected covers set amidst of series of thunderously groovy originals featuring many of his fellow P-Funk All Stars. Highlights include the trippy reverie of Hazel’s take on the Mamas and the Papa’s “California Dreamin,’” then the darkly funky update of JohnRead More

Talking Heads – Chronology DVD (2012)

The new Talking Heads Chronology DVD is an often fascinating look back at the short, but trailblazing career of one of rock and roll’s most unlikely success stories, as viewed through the rear view window of music video and documentary footage.

One Track Mind: Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra, "Stand" (2011)

Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra has worked well as a creative outlet for its slide trumpet-playing leader, who seems to come up with some off-the-wall ideas for a jazz orchestra.

Half Notes: Talking Heads – The Name of this Band Is … (1982; reissue)

by Tom Johnson A definitive entry in the Talking Heads’ catalog this was somehow out of print at one point for, what, nearly two full decades? I was lucky enough to stumble upon a bootleg copy of the vinyl a while back but the sound quality was pretty rough; there was no doubt it came from a well-loved copy ofRead More

Ginger Baker – Horses & Trees (1986, 2011 reissue)

Ginger Baker – Horses & Trees (1986, 2011 reissue)

Fusion in the most complete sense of the word, Ginger Baker’s all-too-brief Horses & Trees melds jazz, funk, world music, electronica, reggae, hip-hop and something noiser still.

One Track Mind: Phil Upchurch & The Clinton Administration – "Flashlight" (2009)

One Track Mind: Phil Upchurch & The Clinton Administration – "Flashlight" (2009)

by Pico Phil Upchurch is a guitarist I’ve known about for a long time, from his stint in George Benson’s band in the late seventies. Even though he was the rhythm guitarist in a band that was fronted by one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time, Upchurch managed to grab my attention with funky rhythms and clean chording;Read More

Quickies: Taylor Eigsti, Bernie Worrell, Avishai Cohen

by Pico I’ve got a problem but it’s the good kind of problem. There’s a backlog of CD’s sitting on my desk deserving of some shout-outs. So much so, it make take two or more additional “Quickies” to clear off this stack. With just a little time for writing at the moment though, taking three off the pile will haveRead More

Robben Ford – Truth (2007)

A diverse musician like guitar wizard Robben Ford is capable of competently cranking out just about any kind of record he wants to. Rock, blues, jazz, r&b or folk, Ford’s done it all, whether he’s playing for his own records or for the likes of Joni Mitchell, George Harrison or Miles Davis. We touched on Robben’s wide ranging talent lastRead More

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