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Rock Candy Funk Party: We Want Groove

If you could put James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Joe Satriani, Galactic, Medeski Martin & Wood, Soulive and the Heavy in a blender, you might wind up with Rock Candy Funk Party, whose music sounds exactly like its name. It stands to reason. The five guys in the band-guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Ron DeJesus, keyboardist Renato Neto, bassist Mike Merritt and drummer Tal Bergman-have a collective CV that spans every kind of popular music from the past half-century. Their credits include, to name a few, Joe Zawinul, Tito Puente, Chuck Berry, Prince, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen and LL Cool J.

So what do they do in this new collective? Old-school funk-rock (“Octopus-e,” “We Want Groove,” “Dope on a Rope”) that rivals the best efforts of the great ’70s outfits. Machine-gun metal-funk (“Spaztastic”) that induces Beavis-and-Butthead-approved head bobbing. Atmospheric, ambient fusion (“The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life”) that would be at home in a sci-fi noir film. Muppet-style drumming melded with prog-rock and disco (“Animal/Work”)-yes, really.

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