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Friday Night Jazz Fourth of July Funk
Posted By Barry Ritholtz On July 4, 2008 @ 8:23 pm In Digital Media,Music | Comments Disabled
 No time for a full Friday Night Jazz — off to watch the fireworks if the rain holds off — but here’s a funk tune you should check out: James Brown (Part 1 & 2) Buckshot LeFonque : Music Evolution .
Buckshot LeFonque was a group Branford Marsalis formed in his post Sting days (1994 & 97). The goal was to meld classical jazz with rock, rap, R&B and hip-hop. Its really all over the place, with no defining sound.
Except this song. Its got a great groove, with a pure funk first half. Its hip-hop meets be-bop. It manages to meld in some rap in the second half, in a harmonic way that works, and pays an homage to JB at the same time.
You don’t need to buy the whole album — just find this song somewhere and buy it.
UPDATE: I found an embeddable version on imeem.com 
Hey Branford, here’s an idea — do an entire funk album. You don’t have to channel James Brown on every track (2 or 3 would be fine). But a song with this powerful of a groove is calling out for more . . .
Soul Man 
James Brown, Godfather of Soul: RIP 
Reflections on James Brown 
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 Soul Man: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2007/01/soul_man.html
 James Brown, Godfather of Soul: RIP: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2006/12/james_brown_rip.html
 Reflections on James Brown: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog http://bigpicture.typepad.com/writing/2006/12/reflections_on_.html
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