The Covalent Bond

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Funky Friday Revisited

Many months ago, I created a playlist called Funky Friday. It concentrated on the great funk bands of the 70's, such as Parliament, Funkadelic, and of course the legendry James Brown. Well I thought I would revisit that idea except with a focus on more of the jazz, funk, fusion side of things. Of course, a few tracks tend more to the fusion side, while others are definitely more funky. One of my favorite tracks is Lonnie Liston Smith's "Astral Traveling," a masterpiece of cosmic jazz. I couldn't resist ending the list with the Pharoahs, definitely not jazz, just the essence of funk. Click here to listen.

1. Faster Than Light - Mike Clark/Paul Jackson/Wagnon
2. Only The Shadow Knows - Mocean Worker
3. Sister Rosie - Abdullah Ibrahim
4. Explodition - Eddie Henderson
5. Theme From Burnt Weeny Sandwich - Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention
6. The Wizard Of Montara - Christian McBride Band
7. Acidhead - John Scofield
8. Astral Traveling - Lonnie Liston Smith
9. Sanctuary - Miles Davis
10. Slow Orbit - Yaya Cubed
11. Tears of Rain - Gary Burton
12. School Days - Stanley Clarke
13. Vein Melter - Herbie Hancock
14. Matrix - Chick Corea
15. Miles Davis - John McLaughlin
16. Betcha, By Golly, Wow - Freddie Hubbard
17. Comin' Home Baby - Herbie Mann
18. Black Enuff - Pharoahs



At 5:10 PM, Blogger J Shifty said...

This was a great playlist to funk it up on a Friday. New standouts for me were the signature Astral Traveling, the Yaya Cubed album (especially the organ playing of Sam Yahel), the Freddie Hubbard track, and the Pharoahs. It may be hard for someone from Chicago to imagine, but I hadn't heard them at all before today. Cheers!

At 8:25 PM, Blogger The Covalent Bond said...

I thought you might like this list. Freddie Hubbard is a musical genius. There are three icons of modern jazz trumpet: Dizzy, Miles, and Freddie Hubbard. Freddie hasn't received the fanfare of Dizzy and Miles. He unfortunately busted his lip in a fight years ago, and it caused him to stop playing for some time. I did have the pleasure of speaking to him briefly at a show years ago. Freddie played on a lot of awesome jazz albums including: Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage, Oliver Nelson's Blues And The Abstract Truth, Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil and Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch.


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