Headhunters is a classic. But Thrust, IYKYK. Mike Clark’s drums to open the album on "Palm Grease" gets me every time. And then, his syncopations on "Actual Proof”? Amazing. Without even getting into the rest of the musicianship. Check these out: https://youtu.be/sRn7WlikdUA https://youtu.be/6x3QtLCAPp8
Maybe it was reading the Morris Day book, but I’m feeling a little funky lately. Zapp & Roger’s “More Bounce to the Ounce” is just too good. Does anybody synth bass and vocoder like this? If they do, this is where they learned it. Turn it up. https://youtu.be/X1ijvN7ADt4
Talk about a short career with a massive impact. Betty Davis recorded 4 albums in about as many years. She played with the best musicians of the time. She married Miles Davis. She wrote. She produced. She killed. And then, she retired. She packed her bags, moved to Pittsburgh, and a few weeks ago she … Continue reading Sunday Music: Remembering Betty Davis
Raphael Saadiq said that as a bass-playing kid growing up in Oakland, any band you’d want to play with was going to put you to the test with a specific song. You had to be ready for it because it was going to be sink or swim. What do you play, bass? Yeah? Ok. Let’s … Continue reading Sunday Music: POW – Battlefunk!
Spring turned into summer while I was making this one. We went from windows up to windows down and from sweatshirts on dog walks to t-shirts. This playlist kind of captures the transition with enough mood for each season. Here it is on Apple Music and Spotify. “Special Girl” by Dodie. The syncopations. So subtle … Continue reading Sunday Music: New Playlist For June 2021
When you’re a PA kid and a bunch of home-state legends drop an album together - you pay attention. Way back in 2001, The Philadelphia Experiment dropped their one and only record. I just heard Christian McBride talk about it with Cory Wong and I had to throw it on for old time's sake. It's … Continue reading Sunday Music: Ain’t It The Truth