Friday Night Jazz Fourth of July Funk

Groove 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


James Brown, Pt. 1 & 2 – Buckshot LeFonque

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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 . . .

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Previously:
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://bigpicture.typepad.com/writing/2006/12/reflections_on_.html

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NEVER LET THEM SEE YOU SWEAT

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Source:
The Economy? Words Fail Me.
Dana Milbank
Washington Post, July 4, 2008; A03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/03/AR2008070303317.html

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