Voodoo Dogs

The Voodoo Dogs

by Larry Goldings
     
 
The brainchild of keyboardist Larry Goldings and guitarist Bob Ward, Voodoo Dogs comes across like a crazy view of what might have happened if the Crusaders, in all their '70s funk-jazz glory, had incorporated more world music and Native American elements into their mix. The duo starts out simply enough, with Ward's muted electric guitar making percussive

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The brainchild of keyboardist Larry Goldings and guitarist Bob Ward, Voodoo Dogs comes across like a crazy view of what might have happened if the Crusaders, in all their '70s funk-jazz glory, had incorporated more world music and Native American elements into their mix. The duo starts out simply enough, with Ward's muted electric guitar making percussive statements over a rolling bed of Fender Rhodes joy as a wah-wah clicks on in the background. But as soon as you're comfy in retroland, "Beatnik" storms in with a thick, modern trip-hop groove, and the punchy flute melody of Tim Ries trading melodic riffs with Ward over the happy schizophrenia of Goldings alternating on Hammond B-3 arpeggios and playful piano lines. "Uganda" gets wackier yet, with crazy Native American vocalizations and flute sweeps dancing over a thick bass and Rhodes harmonies. Appropriate to its title, "Vicoden" is like a dreamy little break in the action, with Ward's crisp electric lines floating gently over a simple horn section and a simmering Hammond B-3. "You Dig" finds Ward on both guitars and keyboards, running a lively race to see if he can roll along quicker than the funky vibes melody of Joe Locke. The duo even touch on some down-home blues with "The Crazy Man," which has Goldings's B-3 rising in the distance as Ward wails on electric guitar, and a few horns make some emphatic points, as if to say, "Aren't we having fun?" People who complain that there's no originality in contemporary jazz may take a few listens to dig this one, but eventually all skepticism will be fed to the dogs.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2000
Label:
Palmetto Records
UPC:
0753957206123
catalogNumber:
2061

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Goldings   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer
Donald Downs   Trumpet
Gary Hasse   Electric Bass
Herb Hubel   Trombone
Tim Ries   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Ward   Guitar,Electric Bass,Sampling,Slide Guitar
Bruce Williamson   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Avishai Cohen   Acoustic Bass
Voodoo Dogs   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Larry Goldings   Producer
Katsuhiko Naito   Engineer
Bob Ward   Producer,Engineer
Joe Locke   Vibe Master
Bob Wad   Producer

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