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Free Form Funky Freqs: Urban Mythology, Volume 1

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First off, a clarification: Freqs has a long “e” sound, as in freaks, as in raising one’s freak flag high, as in Jimi Hendrix.

An experimental power-trio project teaming guitar-killer Vernon Reid with funk-bass extraordinaire Jamaaladeen Tacuma and slamming drummer G. Calvin Weston, this volatile studio session-the third time the participants ever played together following two impromptu gigs at Tonic in New York and Tritone in Philadelphia-is grounded by the solid hookup between Weston’s pocket grooves and Tacuma’s bright, bouncy electric bass lines. On top of that ultra-funky foundation, Reid basically wails with impunity using an array of outrageous tones and extravagant 21st-century effects, creating waves of swirling psychedelia and “celestial church music” that would even make Hendrix stand in awe.

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