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Bring the Funk on Down
     

Bring the Funk on Down

by The J.B.'s
 

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No fan of classic funk (or of the "rare groove" school of dance music) will be able to look at this album without starting to drool -- the period-piece cover art; the Jimmy Walker hats and bell-bottoms; and the presence of such magic names as Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Bobby Byrd, and Clyde Stubblefield (not to mention the insanely funky bassist Bootsie Collins, who

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No fan of classic funk (or of the "rare groove" school of dance music) will be able to look at this album without starting to drool -- the period-piece cover art; the Jimmy Walker hats and bell-bottoms; and the presence of such magic names as Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Bobby Byrd, and Clyde Stubblefield (not to mention the insanely funky bassist Bootsie Collins, who is better known as a charter member of Parliament/Funkadelic but is also a J.B.'s alumnus) -- all of it will lead the perceptive groovehound to anticipate an hour or so of irresistibly booty-shaking funk. And that's exactly what you get: no frills, no synthesizers, basically no acknowledgement of change in the pop music world. From the greasy "Do the Doo" to the CD bonus track, "Mistakes and All," which ends the program, Bring the Funk on Down delivers almost nothing but hardcore, horn-heavy old-school funk (with a couple of brief and uninspiring excursions into ballad territory, another James Brown tradition). Highlights include the slowly simmering title track and the archetypal "Born to Groove," but the album is really pretty consistent. The only downside is the absence of Maceo Parker, who plays only on the final track. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Zyx Records
UPC:
0090204870929
catalogNumber:
20534

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.B.'s   Primary Artist
St. Clair Pinckney   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pee Wee Ellis   Tenor Saxophone
Wilbert Longmire   Guitar
Maceo Parker   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Byrd   Hammond Organ,Vocals
Bootsy Collins   Guitar
Joseph Davis   Background Vocals,Chant,Hand Clapping
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Trumpet,Vocals
Johnny Griggs   Percussion
Lester Jordan   Keyboards
Bruno Speight   Guitar
John Starks   Drums
Clyde Stubblefield   Drums,Vocals
Fred Thomas   Bass,Vocals
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Johnny Davis   Electric Piano
Russell Crimes   Trumpet
Ed Alstrom   Background Vocals,Chant,Hand Clapping
Jerry Poindexter   Background Vocals,Chant,Hand Clapping
Fred Ward   Guitar
Donald Seger   Bass
Joe Collier   Trumpet
Freddie Hendrix   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Bootsy Collins   Producer,Engineer
Fred Wesley   Producer,Contributor
Bob Both   Producer,Engineer
Yasufumi Higurashi   Executive Producer

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