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Old 02-10-2011, 04:27 PM
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Default Can anyone recommend me some funk music?

I'm a bit new to the genre, but for the past 4-5 months I've fallen in love with funk music. I listen to Galactic, (and constituents), Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, Soulive, and then some older stuff, (Tower of Power, James Brown, P-Funk, & The Meters), and even some Fusion/Funk, like Rudder, Phish, and Weather Report. I know it's all very different, but any music recommendations would be awesome.
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Sly and the Family Stone (the originators of funk)
Curtis Mayfield (did the Superfly soundtrack, need not say anymore)
Fela Kuti (has a very gritty, 70's New York, grainy film, hustlin' blue magic on 116th St. sound)
Barry White
Bobby Womack
Syl(vester) Johnson (he went by Syl from what I've read)
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:25 PM
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Sly and the Family Stone (the originators of funk)
Curtis Mayfield (did the Superfly soundtrack, need not say anymore)
Fela Kuti (has a very gritty, 70's New York, grainy film, hustlin' blue magic on 116th St. sound)
Barry White
Bobby Womack
Syl(vester) Johnson (he went by Syl from what I've read)
The Commodores
Barry White before he turned disco, right? Or am I confused with someone else?
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Barry White before he turned disco, right? Or am I confused with someone else?
Oh yeah. *smacks my head* I blame disco on cocaine. Oddly enough I've heard some really early disco (or what could be classified as disco) from about 73' - 75' and it was actually respectable, and then it started making money. And like everything that has money thrown at it, it becomes very watered down and formulaic.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:35 PM
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Default Re: Can anyone recommend me some funk music?

You reminded me that I've been meaning to try and get into funk more... I really enjoyed that chapter in groove essentials, and I've always had a passing interest in it... So I just went to Pandora and got started... I added The Meters to one of my channels and I'm digging it so far ("Opeth+Tool+The Meters" ... that's not too weird is it?)
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:12 PM
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You reminded me that I've been meaning to try and get into funk more... I really enjoyed that chapter in groove essentials, and I've always had a passing interest in it... So I just went to Pandora and got started... I added The Meters to one of my channels and I'm digging it so far ("Opeth+Tool+The Meters" ... that's not too weird is it?)
Not as far as I'm concerned. Haha.
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:07 AM
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Funk is the primary musical context that I perform in. James Brown is the foundation of funk - the stuff I've studied the most. Check out Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks. The other greats like Mike Clark, Zigaboo Modeliste, David Garibaldi, and Steve Gadd are also great to study. The list goes on.

I also really dig the contemporary funk guys - I love Stanton Moore, Steve Jordan, and ?uestlove. Listen to all that stuff.
Oh! Trombone Shorty is some great modern funk too.
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:49 AM
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James Brown's greatest band (IMO) were the J.B.'s - pretty much an all star band as far as I'm concerned led by Fred Wesley, with Maceo Parker, Clyde, Jabo, the Collins bros (Bootsy & Catfish)... When these guys left James Brown, most of them started a little known band called Parliament. There's an anthology called Funky Good Times which is well worth the money spent.

Another GREAT band that's important to check out is Rufus, which featured a young John Robinson and the amazing Chaka Kahn. Masterjam is my favorite album that they did.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:11 AM
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The Greats:

James Brown
Sly and the Family Stone
Parliament
Funkadelic
The Meters


Lesser known, but still awesome:

Graham Central Station
The Brothers Johnson
Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers
Black Nasty
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Get the Parlament Funkadelic "LIve P-funk Earth Tour" cd and listen to it once all the way through in one sitting. You'll never be the same.
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Rick James

If you need more. Wiki link to a full list. Close your eyes, point on the screen, and run with the first thing you point to.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_funk_musicians
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPBDMihPRJA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rT7dksHQnY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8zlDi2BkWg

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Anything with Stanton Moores name on it to include his band Garage a Trois.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:19 AM
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Anything with Stanton Moores name on it to include his band Garage a Trois.
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:00 AM
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This is just a :60 second bass demo, but I have watched it like 100 times. Larry Graham ripping it up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2_SreKsg2k
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:24 AM
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Checkout this funk bass solo (starts at :28):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enIzgC5E7Hk
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:09 AM
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^ "Lord have mercy" is right!
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:56 PM
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I checked out these Parliament Funkadelic video's, they have some wild stuff, handle with care...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eR4aQrYozY&feature=fvw

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questlove is one amazing drummer.
Trombone shorty is really, nawlins. They are jazzy, yet groove, a very "live" band, so to speak.
Steve gadd, if you DON'T know who he is, go find out. Grooves for days, and varied and solid.

Clyde stubblefield, bernard purdie(the purdie shuffle) all amazing.
david garibaldi is very excelelnt as well.

As drummers we should be funky drummers at times. That was irresistable.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:15 PM
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I can't believe the mothership!
P funk!

Man talk about funky! Sly and family stone is very good as well. But, p funk is the interplanetary kings of funk!

I love p funk.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:42 AM
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LOL - I have always said LJ plays drums on Bass. I like that first comment in the Youtube comments.
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Oh yeah. *smacks my head* I blame disco on cocaine. Oddly enough I've heard some really early disco (or what could be classified as disco) from about 73' - 75' and it was actually respectable, and then it started making money. And like everything that has money thrown at it, it becomes very watered down and formulaic.
It's amazing what the disco era did to groups like the Bee Gees, who started out on the folk side of things. Even they admitted they never expected it to happen like that, or that they would be so successful at disco. I abhorred disco as a teenager, but looking back, especially as you mentioned some of the early stuff, wasn't all that bad. And as monotonous as some disco sounds, at least most of it was recorded with real drums. Which cannot be said about today's pop music.

If you listen to a song like Disco Inferno from the Saturday Night Fever sound track, you certainly could say that it is long (14 minutes, I think) and boring, or you could say that the drummer did a good job of keeping the groove for such a long time, and stayed tight and consistent on the hats the whole time. I'd probably lose my concentration after about 5 minutes on a song like that.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:45 PM
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I'm not huge into funk music, but check out the New York Funk Exchange. They played at my cousins wedding and they were pretty damn good I think
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You might like these tracks by THE METERS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNzilDmPpCg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKnr9sWivsI

Funkify your life, its just too cool.
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How in the hell am I the first person to mention Tower of Power? CMON PEOPLE!
But ya check out there self titled ablum. Amazing
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The OP mentioned TOP. (A number of people recommended bands the OP mentioned. People need to actually read posts before responding)

I am answering on my phone so must keep this short. Liquid soul is a cool band in Chicago worth checking out.

In a couple of days I will answer this question in depth while at a pc.


And speaking of TOP, get the 40th anniverary CD/DVD. It is great.
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?eusto, have you heard much of Stuff? Fantastic drumming by a 21 yo Steve Gadd with them (sadly, the clips cut off too early):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M1bEYHJJA8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q_c160jfBY
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Sly and the family stones for sure.

Also check out Herbie Hancock. He is considered a jazz artist, but I think the work (especially the drumming) on two of his most notable albums draws on a lot of funk and fusion. These two albums are "The Headhunters" (With Harvey Mason) and "Thrust" (Mike Clark). Check em out.
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CHAD SMITH AND THE BOMBASTIC MEATBATS
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:33 AM
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The band Garaj Mahal are simply brilliant! I discovered them recently.

And of course any Dennis Chambers work (e.g. with John Scofield, CAB, niacin).
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Eh... there's so much better funk.

Chad is great but compared to James Brown, the Meters, and Tower of Power, those guys are nothing.
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I highly recommend this on Saturday nights if you are available to listen to it via live streaming... http://www.wwoz.org/programs/soul+po...th+soul+sister

That is from New Orleans so it's central time in the USA.
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