Post Tagged with: "P-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.

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

Gimme Five: Bill Summers on "God Make Me Funky," "Watermelon Man," others

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to percussionist Bill Summers.

Something Else! Interview: Bill Summers, of the Headhunters

The Headhunters, who with Herbie Hancock crafted jazz music’s first platinum release, return this month with an aptly titled new project — Platinum.

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

Tal Ross – Aka Detrimental Vasoline: Giant Shirley (2008)

It was only a few years ago that I was lamenting the fleeting guitar talent in George Clinton’s early Funkadelic band who reached incredible heights as Clinton’s lead axeman on funk classics like Free Your Mind … And Your Ass Will Follow and Maggot Brain. Besides Eddie Hazel, there was another important guitar player in that group who also hadRead More

Quickies: Taylor Eigsti, Bernie Worrell, Avishai Cohen

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 have to sufficeRead More

Something Else! Featured Artist: Louisiana Music Hall of Fame pianist Doug Duffey

NICK DERISO: The list of Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductees is predictably recognizable. You’ve got your Dr. Johns and Clarence “Frogman” Henrys, your John Freds and your Blackie Forestiers, your Frankie Fords and your Doug Duffeys. Hold up, Doug Duffey? The northern Louisiana-based globe-trotter may be one of the state’s most under appreciated ivory-pounders. Perhaps, it’s because Duffey —Read More

Forgotten series: Bernie Worrell – Blacktronic Science (1993)

NICK DERISO: From the trembling strains of the first harpsichord notes here, to the rappy backbeat that follows, to the bubbling funk from later on, to the hard jazz moving through this album after that, it’s clear … Bernie Worrell — the original keyboardist with Parliament-Funkadelic— is crazy. But in a good way. And we were only on track four.Read More

One Track Mind: Funkadelic "Maggot Brain" (1971)

Next to Sly and the Family Stone and James Brown there might not be another act as influential to funk music than P-Funk, the shorthand name for George Clinton’s twin ensembles Parliament (horns) and Funkadelic (no horns). In fact, they were cited in my last OTM as an influence to Jamiroquai, but they’re likely to have directly or indirectly inspiredRead More