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Wildflowers
     

Wildflowers

by Connie Price & the Keystones
 

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Those seeking an un-ironic return to the classic days of jazz and funk, played by a group of live musicians who swing and churn with the best of the old-school need look no further than this album by Los Angeles-based Connie Price & the Keystones. Produced (in the traditional sense) by Dan Ubick for Stones Throw's equally

Overview

Those seeking an un-ironic return to the classic days of jazz and funk, played by a group of live musicians who swing and churn with the best of the old-school need look no further than this album by Los Angeles-based Connie Price & the Keystones. Produced (in the traditional sense) by Dan Ubick for Stones Throw's equally old-fashioned off-shoot, Now Again, Ubick assembled almost 30 highly skilled musicians from contemporary funk units Antibalas, Poets of Rhythm, and the Soul Destroyers, as well as the highly popular Dap-Kings, proving that this is a growing scene in the best sense of the word, where musicians still jam together and follow the groove (and work) wherever it may lead. Bandleader and drummer Dan Ubick (aka Connie Price) leads this gang of players through a score of horn-filled, groove-heavy originals that easily sound like they could have been laid to tape 50 years ago, with Ubick's jazz-infused boom-bap offering a contemporary swing gleaned from hip-hop as well as classic soul. Muted horn riffs fuse with loose jazz guitar and an ass-swaying drum break on "Tall Day Grass" that was made for smoking filterless cigarettes on the front porch, while opener "Sticks & Stones" incorporates a reggae-tinted groove, with dub-worthy bass, ska horn punches, and vibraphone hits that chime through the low-end swell. The title track and lead single offers one of the only vocals, with a lead vox by vintage singer Lester Abrams who sounds like Curtis Mayfield's long lost half-brother. The last time young men made music your parents would like, it resulted in the swing dance revival. Here's hoping this dirtier time in musical history brings with it all of the nasty funk that accompanied it the first time around.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
Label:
Now Again
UPC:
0659457501426
catalogNumber:
5014

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Connie Price & the Keystones   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Vibes
Lester Abrams   Vocals
David Ralicke   Trombone,Saxophone
Leslie Smith   Vocals
Dave Cooley   Bass Harmonica
Bobby Watley   Organ
Leo Price & Band   Guitar
Willie Lee   Guitar,Keyboards
Jeremy Ruzumna   Keyboards
Tracy Wannomae   Harmonica,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Todd M. Simon   Trumpet
David Wilder   Bass,Bass Guitar
Dan Ubick   Guitar,Sitar
Pete McNeal   Drums
Dan Hastie   Keyboards
James King   Saxophone
Malcolm Catto   Drums
Dwayne Kelly   Keyboards,Melodica
Jan Weissenfeldt   Guitar
Davey Chegwidden   Percussion
Jeremy Rezumna   Keyboards
Connie Price   Drums,Vibes
"Hoagie" Haven   Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Jeremy Ruzumna   Composer
Donovan Leitch   Composer
Dan Ubick   Composer,Engineer,Audio Production

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