Friday Night Jazz Fourth of July Funk

Friday, July 04, 2008 | 08:23 PM

Groove No time for a full Friday Night Jazz -- off to watch the fireworks if the rain holds off -- but here's a funk tune you should check out: James Brown (Part 1 & 2) Buckshot LeFonque : Music Evolution.

Buckshot LeFonque was a group Branford Marsalis formed in his post Sting days (1994 & 97). The goal was to meld classical jazz with rock, rap, R&B and hip-hop. Its really all over the place, with no defining sound.

Except this song. Its got a great groove, with a pure funk first half. Its hip-hop meets be-bop. It manages to meld in some rap in the second half, in a harmonic way that works, and pays an homage to JB at the same time.

You don't need to buy the whole album -- just find this song somewhere and buy it.   

UPDATE: I found an embeddable version on

James Brown, Pt. 1 & 2 - Buckshot LeFonque


Hey Branford, here's an idea -- do an entire funk album. You don't have to channel James Brown on every track (2 or 3 would be fine). But a song with this powerful of a groove is calling out for more . . .



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anybody here a fan of the dj premier remix of "music evolution?" (track 2)

Posted by: m3 | Jul 4, 2008 10:12:52 PM

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