Tom Terrell

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July/August 2000    Grooves

Late for the Future

Real bands popping real sweat like Galactic does, will never go out of style. The six-piece Galactic (Robert Mercurio, bass; Jeff Raines, guitar; Stanton Moore, drums; Rich Vogel, keyboards; Ben Ellman, saxophone; Theryl "Houseman" de Clouet, vocals) takes...


July/August 2000    Grooves


Grooves still can't believe that the words "funky" and "jazzy" are never used to describe '70s prog rock (ELP, Yes, King Crimson). Niacin's (Billy Sheehan, basses; John Novello, Hammond B-3-sounding keyboards; Dennis Chambers, drums, percussion) new joint...


July/August 2000    Grooves

Walking On
Ananda Shankar

To paraphrase the announcer on Monty Python, "And now for some completely different things." Indian sitar master Ananda Shankar's Walking On (Real World, 72438-48118, 64:18) surprised the hell outta Grooves. From the title tune's wicked frisson of ol' time...


July/August 2000    Grooves

Fables for a New Millennium
Aesop Quartet

Chicago's Aesop Quartet (Ernest 'Khabeer' Dawkins, reeds; Jeff Parker, guitar; Hamid Drake, drums; Rollo Radford, electric bass) got a lil' sumpin' sumpin' else for ya. Their new long player Fables for a New Millennium (8th Harmonic Breakdown, 8thHB 80002...


July/August 2000    Grooves

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Kid Koala

Victor from Montreal turned Grooves on to turntable visionary Kid Koala's wicky-wacky home tape Scratchcratchratchatch (three turntables and a sampler) back in '96. Four years later, the Kid drops Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Though programmed into 14 tracks...


May 2000    Albums

Joey DeFrancesco's Goodfellas
Joey DeFrancesco

"Dad, are you in the Mafia?" "There's no such thing as the Mafia." -dialogue from HBO series The Sopranos. The other day whilst scarfing slices 'n' root beer, headphone-nodding to track one ("Speak Softly Love") of Hammond B-3 ace Joey DeFrancesco's new...


May 2000    Hearsay

Longineu Parsons

I think when musicologists look back on the 20th century, they will say that the last third was about funk as being the dominant rhythm for the whole world,” says trumpeter Longineu Parsons, a paid-up member of the jazz avant garde. “That means that James...


April 2000    Albums

Portraits in Jazz and Clave
Ray Barretto and New World Spirit plus 4

Back in the day when Mario Bauz, Chico O'Farrill and Dizzy were striving to link up Afro Cuban son 'n' clave with Afro American swing and bop, they built their bridges on the backs of ex-Havana conguero masters like Chano Pozo and Mongo Santamaria. As the...


April 2000    Albums

Rising Daystar
Malachi Thompson

Chicago's Malachi Thompson is one serious brother. I remember when he spent the late '70s, early '80s in D.C. He had big lungs, a tone like refrigerator-burned butter and a freaky-styley command of boppoid melodics (think Lee Morgan on sensi and Chivas...

April 2000    Grooves

Uncivilized Poise
Brad Jones

Who is Brad Jones? Act like you knew: Harlem-born, recording/touring acoustic/electric bass sideman with: Jazz Passengers, Ornette's Prime Time Band, Elvin Jones, Marc Ribot, Muhal Richard Abrams, Carlos Garnett, Sean Lennon. Jones brings sound bites of...


April 2000    Grooves

All My Life

In this whole jazzy-funky-neo-soul-hip hop-diva-idolizing space in time we be in, too many folk still sleep on Miss Maysa Leak. A big-lunged silk/steel contralto outta the Jocelyn Brown school and the fire under Incognito classic cookers "Deep Waters" and...


April 2000    Grooves

The Singularity
Jef Lee Johnson

Jimi Hendrix's influence on all rock past and present is universal truth; his impact on three generations of black electric guitarists is not talked about enough. Eddie Hazel-Pete Cosey-Sonny Sharrock-Vernon Reid-Ronnie Drayton-James Blood Ulmer-J.P. Bourelly...


April 2000    Grooves

Various Artists

I've said it before ... organ trios-quartets-whatevah turn me off in general. I didn't chuck Organ-Ized for three reasons: it was a compilation of new stuff, Art Neville, Jimmy Smith, John Medeski were on it, Private Music put out a bomb album from Barry...


April 2000    Grooves

Jet Society
Various Artists

Back in the '80s, the Style Council were making international soul music for a generation of Euro-sharp, cappuccino sipping, cigarette-puffing, shaken-not-stirred bohos not yet born. Songs like "Paris Match," "Long Hot Summer" were misunderstood until the...

April 2000    Grooves

Sounds of the Heavyweight
Dub Funk Association

Though the subgenre known as dub music was created and defined by reggae producers King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sly & Robbie and Augustus Pablo, it has always been my contention that UK dubologists Jah Shaka, Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood, Dennis Bovell...

April 2000    Grooves

Percussion Duets
Billy Martin/G. Calvin Weston

Being the drummer of Medeski, Martin & Wood has its' perks. Like the disposable income to re-release this obscure duet album with G. Calvin Weston (Prime Time Band, Ulmer). It's a good thing 'cause Percussion Duets is a veritable moveable feast of rhythmic...

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