Healing Playlist #4: Five Super Funk Tracks
I love lists, always have. I love simple directions, first do this then do that & voila, you have arrived. Oddly, listening playlists have never really done it for me, though. My NLOP (Normal Listening Operating Procedure) has always been to buy a record, find a single track that grabs me to start and repeat that one over and over, sometimes thousands of times. There is great comfort for me in knowing every nook and cranny of a song or piece of music. The drum fill leading into the bridge is just as important to me as the melody on the chorus. It’s all the parts and how they fit together that make me so damn excited by an artist and their creation.
Well, people ask a bunch for playlists and so here we are on the fourth in my series. Haven’t checked out my other Healing Playlists yet? Why not start with #1? CLICK HERE
Last week I shared 8 of my all time favorite jazz piano albums. This week, I thought I’d dive into my love of funk…old skool stinky funk that feels so damn good. At this juncture in my healing process (five weeks since my open heart surgery), I am starting to move a bit better. I have found a bit of a groove. I’m even shuffling around my living room, doing little dances with my dog Lulu. It feels like a good week to funk it up.
Here are five tracks of super funk that will easily get you through a commute, take your mind off work, and will make you ever so grateful for groove. Enjoy!!
Jimmy McGriff: Fat Cakes
The Hammond B3 is so greasy. The space between every note is so perfect it hurts. The funk lies in extreme patience. Letting the music breathe. Letting all the parts fit together and do their thing.
John Scofield (w/ Madeski, Martin, & Wood): Hottentot
Backed by one of the hardest working bands in the 90’s, Scofield rises to all kinds of new heights. The funk is freaky. Simple tunes (they should always be!), great respect of melody, and a FAT bass sound all make this track a must add to your funk collection.
The Meters: Pungee
Obviously any funk list has to include The Meters…BUT, what I love about this classic is that you can pull out your left ear bud and listen to just bass & drums. Listen for all Zigaboo’s grunts and groans as he finesses the funk from behind the drums. Absolutely healing in every sense.
James Brown: Cold Sweat (Pts. 1-2)
Another obvious choice…BUT on this one, just focus on the bass parts. I spent about a year of my life trying to translate Bernard Odum’s bass lines to the Hammond B3 (when I was mostly doing gigs with my organ trio). It was so ear opening, not to mention super fun.
Eddie Harris & Les McCann: Cold Duck Time
All I know is that I watched Eddie Harris playing solo tenor sax & work a crowd of thousands for ten minutes. Nothing but the tastiest funk and all by himself! To be clear, everyone was on their feet and the groove was HUGE. This track is a classic and will make you smile wide.
Hopefully this playlist will get you in the mood for a whole lot more funk. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, just something to keep us moving. Have a blast getting your groove on!
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