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1. Soul Serenade
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2. Joyful Noise
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3. A Go Go
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4. End of the World Party (Just in
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5. That's What I Say: John Scofield
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6. Super Heavy Organ
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7. Ruckus
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8. EnRoute
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9. Hand Jive
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10. Late for the Future
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11. West Coast Boogaloo
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12. All Kooked Out!
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13. Friday Afternoon in the Universe
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14. Make Some Noise
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15. Crazyhorse Mongoose
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16. Coolin' Off
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17. Combustication
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18. Pots & Pans
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19. Steady Groovin'
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1. Soul Serenade
Audio CD (05 August, 2003)
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Asin: B0000A4GAK
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It would be wrong to pigeonhole Derek Trucks as a southern rocker despite his ongoing day gig as the Allman Brothers Band's second guitarist. On his fourth solo album (actually recorded before his third, 2002's Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Synthesis?
I read most of the reviews and the words 'jam band' crop up way too often.And to try to pigeon hole this stuff as jazz/fusion/southern rock doesn't do it justice."Derek should use his fingers to play".Believe me, he uses his fingers!He's obviously 'cut the umbilical' to Warren and the ABB.He stays with them because he loves it.I believe he can play/sit in with anybody.To say it's 'courageous' is not quite accurate either, since the ABB has fooled around with Soul Serenade quite a bit; not to mention some jazz licks, etc. Words that come to mind when I listen to this album: range, eclectic, inventive, stretching, synthesis, experimental.I listen to it and imagine this may be very similar to what Duane would have done.My only concern is that Derek throws in licks from Mountain Jam a little too often.The ensemble is tight and this CD has a laid back feel.A righteous effort.A definite 'buy' rating.

4-0 out of 5 stars continued growth by a prodigy
Derek Trucks continues to blur the lines between jazz, blues, and world music.His slide playing, always among the best around gives several standards a new twist and the bands playing is first rate.
5-0 out of 5 stars Derek, it's time to make your move.
Derek, you're doing so well, and playing great.. but it'stime to cut the cord, and put all of your eggs into your -own- basket. You're name is not Allman, man, and you're soon to bethree years older than Duane ever was. Do your thing. Aside from that , I hate Warren's playing, and don't think you should be anywhere near him. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Blues-Rock    2. Contemporary Jazz    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop    6. World Fusion   


2. Joyful Noise
Audio CD (03 September, 2002)
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Asin: B00006IK03
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The third album from guitar phenom Derek Trucks resounds with joyful noise indeed, and amazingly, it seems as though Trucks and his band run through (at least) 10 distinct genres across these 10 songs. Trucks may venture all over the musical map--blues, soul, jazz, Eastern music, to name a few stops--but he does so with a confidence and assertiveness usually found in much older musicians. Then again, he is the nephew of Butch Trucks (a fellow member of the Allman Brothers Band, Trucks's moonlighting gig) and is married to fellow guitar wiz Susan Tedeschi (who guests on this album), so it's not surprising that he seems experienced beyond his years. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best of what a great band can do
If you've heard some of the Derek Trucks Band's music, perhaps you know what to expect.That is you don't know what to expect!DTB plays rock, blues, jazz, and world music, sometimes at the same time.This album has a lot less blues than some of their others, but lots of mind-expanding jazz-rock, some world, some great R&B with Mrs. Trucks (Susan Tedeschi) and with soul legend Solomon Burke... What more could one want?There are no bad DTB albums, but this one is probably the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars inventive, invigorating
Very rarely do I get "the feeling".You know the one I'm talking about.Something comes on the radio and the chill runs up your spine.You either pull the car over because you've got to hear it, or it's so exciting you speed up. Look down and you're going 85 in a 55 mile zone.I used to get that feeling often.Aretha, early ABB, the first time I heard the harmonies on Suite:Judy Blue Eyes.Lately I've been more likely to get it from songwriters like Guy Clark or Rodney Crowell where the lyrical images are so strong and the storytelling so good, I shiver.
5-0 out of 5 stars Judge Not But Listen
Joy....all you need to do is read the liner excerpt from the great writer and philosopher Krishnamurti on the cd and know where their head is at.. freedom from the known is still freedom within limits..the many styles displayed here are the past with music that has freshness and tightness that pays homage to the roots of it all...some Jazz Fusion,Funk,Latino,Blues and Soul...even shades of China Cat Sunflower for your Dead Heads..with some twists on the sounds of the east..people have a need to classify...don't..you have a right to because it is your money but if you spend it on jam bands and desire a smart band that sounds old and new at once these guys are it. I have noticed that their other cd's are all different in style...they are like leaves blowing in the wind...let the wind take them where they go.. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   


3. A Go Go
by Polygram Records
Audio CD (07 April, 1998)
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Asin: B0000069NM
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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John Scofield's stature as a modern jazz master on electric guitar puts him in a sweet spot for this simmering, sexy collaboration with acid jazz pathfinders Medeski, Martin and Wood, Scofield's taut and spicy lines striking sparks against the soulful grooves pitched by drummer Billy Martin, keyboard colorist John Medeski, and bassist Chris Wood. Far from a cheap commercial shot, the leader's plunge into this reheated '60s style is appropriately redolent of its funk heritage and his own astringent command of sharp lyrical and smart harmonic asides. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Taming the MMW beast.I recommend this cd.
Although I like much of what MMW do,I sometimes feel they "miss the point" by getting too hashed-out or weird for weird's sake.So it's good to see them "tamed" on this release.Maybe Scofield demands they behave...? I like much of this cd because there are pieces that likely could be played "live" in pretty much their current form, as opposed to either drastically stripping them down or needing looping/extra players/computers because they rely too heavily on heavy studio/computertreatments. This seems more like what Booker T and the MGs might have sounded like if they had to survive in today's market as a jazz act instead of r & b... The samples of their newer cd sound just as good.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Go Go
John Scofield, along with Medeski, Martin, & Wood, offers a great combination to produce excellent jazz. The upbeat tempos and funk-based bass lines are all wonderful, however, I found the CD at times to be monotonous in tone and often lacking in the variety part of it. Though great as it might be, and as much skill as it takes (as a guitarist I would know), I'd have to give this a 3.5 star because it lacks in variety and development in the songs. Perhaps the first 4 songs are original and wonderful, it truly impressed me, after that it gets kind of old...until you get to Hottentot. This is perhaps the best song of the album, the solos are unpredictable, original, and great. It develops from the funk based rhythm to a more fusion and harder beat song. Overall a pretty good album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Old Meets New
Legend John Scofeild playing with Medeski, Martin and Wood? Whats not too like? I guess the argument about it being a bit repetitive from track-to-track and leaning too [...] the sharp nine is valid. But so what? If you're in the mood for some guitar driven jazz/funk this will suit you just fine. As for calling the tracks on this album "throw aways" and then comparing them to "Kind of Blue" (one of the most prolific albums in jazz history) -- that is sheer [...]. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Contemporary Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Jazz Music    4. Pop    5. Post-Bop   


4. End of the World Party (Just in Case)
by Blue Note Records
Audio CD (07 September, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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With each successive album, Medeski Martin & Wood have become harder to pin down. Having long ago transcended their soulful organ-groove basics to enter a more expansive world of snappy beats and backbeats, eerie atmospheric effects, post-lounge riffing, and the occasional jazz overture, they occupy their own category. Produced by the Dust Brothers' John King (Beck's Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Chill Music
This is possibly one of the greatest cd's to turn on and enjoy the music while studying or just having friends over. I thoroughly enjoy this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Sound
Martin & Wood Medeski have a very unique sound...I like it.I first heard the song "End of the World Party" on the Grey's Anatomy Season One soundtrack.I became addicted to it, and bought the album.
4-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
Very interesting, a bit of a departure from the other albums they have. It is getting hard to put a label on their music, but thats what makes it so good. I have not purchased any new music for quit a while, so last week I picked up several albums this being one of them, along with Spicehouse and Zero7. I must say I love this CD, I have been playing every day in the car. The sound quality is fantastic, especially in headphones. This New York band has always been experimenting and building on their sound. I think they have come to a peak on this one. One thing is for sure, the musicianship is always top notch on all their albums, this is no exception. They have a more modern sound here Kind of Hip Hop - Trip Hop, whatever, but it sounds great. This album starts off with the strange "Anonymous skulls" and then moves into the greattitle track. The rest of the album seems to move in and out of trippy groves, experimental jazz and some interesting electronica. Some of my friends who are great people, but can't get out of their tiny musical worlds actually like this when I play it. It is nice to hear some fresh new music.
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Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde Jazz    2. Bass (Acoustic)    3. Bass (Electric)    4. Clavinet    5. Drums    6. Fender Rhodes    7. Guitar (Electric)    8. Jazz    9. Jazz-Funk    10. Keyboards    11. Mellotron    12. Modern Creative    13. Organ (Hammond)    14. Piano    15. Piano (Electric)    16. Pop    17. Post-Bop    18. Sampling    19. Saxophone    20. Slide Trumpet   


5. That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles
by Verve
Audio CD (07 June, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Although sure to be criticized for cashing in on the Ray Charles bandwagon, jazzman John Scofield’s 2005 tribute release is also one of the most varied yet successful albums in the guitarist’s extensive catalog. Shifting from a big band/multi-vocalist approach for the classic "What’d I Say" featuring an all-star lineup of Dr. John, Warren Haynes, Aaron Neville, John Mayer and Mavis Staples trading verses (they all also take solo vocals on other tracks), along with longtime Charles saxist David "Fathead" Newman, to the lone guitar rendition of "Georgia on my Mind" that closes the disc, Scofield celebrates both Charles’ music and his eclectic approach to it. The stripped down instrumental version of "Crying Time" with only funereal organ accompaniment is perfectly offset by the following gospelized reading of "I Can’t Stop Loving You," brought home by Mavis Staples’ explosive vocal. Teen throb John Mayer acquits himself admirably on vocals and guitar, singing and trading licks with Scofield on a rugged "I Don’t Need No Doctor," and Dr. John brings New Orleans soul on a greasy "Talkin’ Bout You"/"I Got a Woman" medley.The horn section gets a workout on powerfully swinging instrumental takes of "Hit the Road Jack" and "Let’s Go Get Stoned." Scofield’s quivering solos show moderation yet convey the music’s R&B roots, even when he’s turning up the heat on a rousingMedeski, Martin and Wood -styled, acid laced "Sticks and Stones." Producer/drummer Steve Jordan finds the perfect vibe between jazz and R&B, and keeps the guest vocalists from stealing the spotlight. He provides the ideal framework for John Scofield’s fiery yet restrained playing and a fitting tribute to a jazz/R&B icon.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible tribute
I am a big JS fan, as a musician he is an incredible composer and also a great guitar player,The CD brings you an incredible horn arrangements, Larry Goldings a superb organ player and a very nice mix of artist from the pop, rhythm blues and gospel areas, also incredible solos from JS. I heard him twice live in Boston at Berklee College of Music when I was student , for all the tributes honoring the music of Ray Charles this is the best so far, don't miss this one

4-0 out of 5 stars Not his best outing.
I'm a big JS fan. I pick up all of his albums and go to see him when I can. With the exception of a few tracks, I think that this album is disappointing. The problem is that the band really is playing the music of Ray Charles, but Scofield is playing Scofield. Alone, these are great grooves. Together, it sounds like the band and guitar parts were recorded separately. Furthermore, I don't know about these vocalists. Except for Dr. John, it all sounds like pop. It's good pop, but it doesn't fit with JS. I would recommend the album, but only after "A Go Go", "Bump", and "Works For Me."

5-0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Ray Charles continues
I heard the beginning of "What I say" in my car on the way to work. I thought, "Hey Hey! How cool the Neville Brothers and Dr. John are doing some Ray Charles." Then I heard the guitar solo at the end and I luckily pulled into the office lot before wrecking.
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Subjects:  1. Contemporary Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Pop    4. Post-Bop   


6. Super Heavy Organ
by Magna Carta
Audio CD (30 August, 2005)
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Asin: B000ALCG56
Sales Rank: 30619
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Needs editing
Robert Walter's funk-jazz album is pretty good, but ultimately would be better with two or three of the weaker songs lopped off.The drumming seat is filled by either Stanton Moore or Johnny Vidacovich.Both of these can guys can play a funky drumbeat."Kickin' Up Dust" is a highlight.Unfortunately, some of the songs are just flat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Percussive gumbo stew!
For lovers of Hammond B3 music this album is highly recoomended. Walter also manages to get some clavinet, piano and melodica in there as well,as well as adding more percussion. The album is highly percussive with not only Stanton Moore but Johnny Vidacovich adding drums,cymbals and percussion to a variety of the tracks. Its driven along by James Singleton on Bass and some splendid, often tortured Tenor Sax work from James Singleton. To add to the variety Anthony Farrell, described as 'a special guest' is quoted as providing vocals on tracks 3,5 and 7, but if you find them please let me know! Recorded in New Orleans in January 2005 the tracks seem to have been recorded in a relaxed manner, with a lot of studio backchat. There are a variety of styles 'Criminals have a name for it' has a tricky percussion led intro which builds to a strong finish. '34 Small' is a much more moody effort whilst "Don't hate, congratulate' together with 'Big Dummy' are my current favourite tracks. One further point, the sleeve notes note that it is "enhanced" and certainly the difference between playing it on the in-car stereo and letting it rip on my domestic system was marked. I hesitated before purchasing and I really do wish that I'd had the foresight to buy it on its release.

5-0 out of 5 stars ALL FUNKED UP!
With drummers Stanton Moore and Johny Vidocovich on board you can always expect some funky stuff.Walter's organ screams over some of the slickest N.O. drumming grooves anywhere.Solid tunes played by top guys who know how to make their instruments sound loose and happy. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Acid Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Jazz-Funk    4. Pop   


7. Ruckus
by Sanctuary Records
Audio CD (07 October, 2003)
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Asin: B0000CDL76
Sales Rank: 21905
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars My search for FUNK GROOVE is over!!!
I have been searching over the years for the ultimate blend of hip shaking groove/funk, together with a nice blend of vocals... and i knew i had found it after the second listen. Firstly, there is no doubting the drumming of Stanton Moore lets you know he means buisness (the buisness of funkified groovin'). Secondly, those who said the lyrics were no good... I found them meaningful and I guess it depends on your own experiences. Finally, at least 5 of these tracks are simply dynamite and can be heard in almost any mood. (Someone please tell me how Uptown Odyssey did not make it to no.1 in mainstream charts around the world... it seems to be a beautiful blend of pop, funk, funk and overall makes most people feel absolutely sweet). So those considering this album... if you can find a nicer blend of traditional versus modern funk then please let me know. This album could rule the planet! Thank-you Stanton & co. for helping us all walk with an extra swagger in our step. The groove has landed!!! 6 stars

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst of.....
If, like me, you love to see Galactic live, do not buy this CD. I always felt like the Houseman was a necessary distraction for the band to keep the funk on the planet.
4-0 out of 5 stars Not sure what the other reviewers are thinking.
I'm a long-time Galactic fan, and I just don't understand how anyone who likes Galactic could not LOVE this album. Compared to every prior effort, this one holds together tightly from beginning to end. The only song I'm ever tempted to skip is the remake of "Tenderness", which interrupts the otherwise infectious flow and groove of the first true studio statement I've heard from the band. Prior releases were good, but were more a collection of songs to my ears. This has a new, modern, and consistent sound. Yes, it's a different sound that we may be used to, but every great band has to evolve, and I like where this is going. Ruckus still gets frequent play after over a year of heavy rotation in my iPod.
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Subjects:  1. Acid Jazz    2. Funk    3. Jazz-Funk    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop    7. Soul-Jazz   


8. EnRoute
by Verve
Audio CD (11 May, 2004)
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Asin: B0001EJ7IQ
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars 5 starts for Scofield
I first got hooked on John Scofield's material after finding several clips off of drummerworld.com. I knew who he was, but never listened to his recordings.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great, simple as that
This one of the best jazz albums I have heard in recent years. The group is tight. John's playing is very tasteful, not overbearing, or egotistical in any way. As the leader of the group, his solos are perhaps a bit longer, but they are great. The good thing about each of the tunes is that everyone gets a solo.
5-0 out of 5 stars A more approachable kind of jazz
What's so special about John Scofield, and what separates him from other jazz musicians, is that he always adds a touch of blues to the jazz. On this album he plays with Bill Stewart (drums) and Steve Swallow (bass), and it's a live recording. The three of them really work well together, and when this was recorded they had already been touring together for over 15 years, so these guys know what they're doing!
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Subjects:  1. Contemporary Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Pop    4. Post-Bop   


9. Hand Jive
by Blue Note Records
Audio CD (09 August, 1994)
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Asin: B000005GWA
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This 1993 recording is one of John Scofield's best, with a band that adds the soul-jazz veteran Eddie Harris to a group of the guitarist's regular associates, Larry Goldings on keyboards, Dennis Irwin on bass, Bill Stewart on drums, and Don Alias on percussion. Perhaps it's the mix of the familiar rhythm section with the novelty of playing with Harris, a player with a similar penchant for inside funk, outside approaches, and altered sounds, but Scofield is unusually animated. He digs into the rhythmic grooves and develops extended ideas throughout, most notably on "I'll Take Les" and "Do Like Eddie," tributes to the onetime partnership of Harris and pianist McCann. Goldings is outstanding on piano as well as organ, and everyone involved contributes to making this a high point in contemporary soul jazz. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be a Scofield fan to love this!
I admit it -- not all of Scofield's work is to my taste -- some of it is a bit esoteric and left brained. But this CD has got to appeal to anyone who just loves a solid groove and a love of the blues. It is warm and funky and soulful, as well as intricate. If you admired Eddie Harris/Les McCann in the 1960's/70's (think "Swiss Movement"),think of this as a very contemporary update. The CD combines the Harris/McCann signature propulsive eigth note groove with some very tasty sax and guitar unisons. Add drumeister Bill Stewart's work (which I'm still vainly trying to transcribe and play) and this thing just sings. Highly recommended, even if you don't consider yourself a hardcore jazz fan or Scofield fan. This disc will make you bounce down the street for the first few weeks you listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars HAND JIVE/HAND'S DOWN
SHORT & SWEET..HAND JIVE IS SCOFIELD AT HIS BEST, HAND'S DOWN.5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Scofield Album
I can't beleive that only two people have reviewed this outstanding collection!This disk features some fine ensemble playing and great, gritty soloing by Scofield and the "Electrifying" Eddie Harris.Anyone who got onboard with latter Scofield Cd's like A-Go-Go would be well advised to check this one out. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Contemporary Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Jazz Music    4. Pop    5. Post-Bop   


10. Late for the Future
by Volcano
Audio CD (04 April, 2000)
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Asin: B00005ABJ5
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Galactic has always known how to serve up the old-school Crescent City funk in all of its rump-shaking glory, and every stop on their endless string of marathon shows only tightens them up another notch. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Galactic is Godlike
Okay, maybe not quite that amazing, but this is still a great album. From the first track to the last, this album is definitely solid in terms of grooves. Stanton Moore lays down great tracks on this album. Villified, Baker's Dozen, Doubliewide, and Black Eyed Pea are all great tracks. Buy this album. Now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal CD
I bought this CD having only a vague idea of who Galactic is and what kind of music they play.This CD rocks!It's pretty New Orleans-flavored funk/jazz with some bite.I highly recommend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Theyve been coolin off since "Coolin' Off"
Being from New Orleans and having seen Galactic 15-20 times, I have seen them stray further and further from their groove oriented roots.As a fan of the jazzy style exhibited on Coolin Off, Galactic's first and best releaase, I just can't dig this hard and edgy rock style that the band has developed.Stanton's versatility and agression on drums, Rich Voguls funky spacey sounds on keys and the occassional brilliant flashes of funky jams keep me coming back, but in recent live performances and on Late for the Future, Jeff Raines' hard rock guitar and the metal sound inhibit the groove exhibited on the older material.On Late for the Future, theres more of the gaudy Houseman tracks I've grown to despise, which simply slow the band down and cause them to lose their tightness and fluidity. I dont know why Theryl thinks its hip to wear the same ugly 3 piece suits and dedicate every song to "all the beautiful ladies in the house tonight" every show, but he's no Al Green. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Acid Jazz    2. Fusion    3. Jazz-Funk    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


11. West Coast Boogaloo
by Greyboy Records
Audio CD (01 December, 1995)
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Asin: B0000060BM
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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To hear them tell it, the Greyboy Allstars do not play acid jazz. Rather, they play something they like to call "boogaloo," a cool fusion of jazz and '70s-styled soul with a heavy emphasis on hard, danceable beats. Led by tenor saxophonist Karl Denson (who has several straight jazz albums under his belt), the Allstars whip up a pretty nice head of steam on "Fried Grease," "Gravee," and a ripping cover of Kool & the Gang's "Let the Music Take Your Mind." Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Truly Greatness.... but best ever??
Karl D and the Greyboys are the real deal, its jazz-funk fusion with a fresh twist. However, lets not get carried away here. While it is most likely the best album of its kind in recent years, it is in no way the greatest funk, or jazz funk album EVER.
5-0 out of 5 stars best funk album of all time
Absolutely changed my life.For Three years I listened to this CD at least once a week, if not more.Just perfect in every way imaginable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
I liked the tracks fine, but I have heard better. this was a first time purchase for me. I think that I was pleased enough to explore their other albums. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Acid Jazz    2. Club/Dance    3. Dance Music    4. Jazz    5. Pop    6. Rock/Pop    7. Urban   


12. All Kooked Out!
by Fog Records
Audio CD (30 June, 1998)
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Asin: B000006O4H
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore can be found providing the backbeat for the groovy Galactic or the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars. While much has been made of Moore's ability to lay down the funk, Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An implaccably tight jazz-funk unit
If you're looking to hear a slick, sophisticated, funky drummer, well, you're there! Under the mastery of Stanton Moore's drumsticks, the group is an implaccably tight unit pushing forward all the time. With Charlie Hunter (guitar), Sherik and Brent Rose (saxophones), thisis a delightful swinging stylish jazz-funk record.
5-0 out of 5 stars Poetry in motion
I agree with everything said so far.This CD has been in constant weekly rotation for the past four years.These guys really have it together on this one.To be able to make those perfect combinations that produce magic on impact is a wonderful thing.These songs move forward as a whole.Every player shares the spotlight and syncs into the song to make it a living thing.If any of that made sense to you you'll love this album.
5-0 out of 5 stars Moore and Skerik, what else is there to say?
Stanton Moore, regular drummer for "Galactic", and "Garage a Trois" put this little triumph together live in New Orleans in 1998; along with Saxophonic master Skerik, and 8 string, funk guitar, trail blazer Charlie Hunter."All Kooked out" is a joy ride through those dimensions of fanatical, categorization known to individual hipsters as funk, New Orleans, Seattle, or Acid Jazz.For me, this album is the staple sound of the type of groove in contemporary jazz that I like to sink my teeth into.Hip hop fused with Latin drum beats, tenor and baritone sax odysseys, coupled with soprano solos, trumpet, trombone, and even a tuba makes this album kick up dust on its own.It's the Filet Mignon of what you can expect to hear in clubs along the West Coast on down to the Gulf.There's even a funked out rendition of Thelonius Monk's "Green Chimneys".
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Subjects:  1. Jazz    2. Jazz-Funk    3. Modern Creative    4. Pop    5. Rock/Pop   


13. Friday Afternoon in the Universe
by Gramavision
Audio CD (24 January, 1995)
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Asin: B00000322D
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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They may attract Sufi-dancing Deadheads to their rock-club shows and they may have connections to lower Manhattan's art-music scene, but when you get right down to it, Medeski Martin & Wood are just a jazz organ trio. Organist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood don't work a whole lot differently from the old Jimmy Smith Trio; they get a good groove going, add a catchy hook and then improvise changes on both the rhythm and the melody. They may take more liberties than Smith ever has, but that familiar combination of a thick organ sound and funky drum patterns is still the core. The third Medeski Martin & Wood album, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hands down the best MMW!
I have all the MMW albums through the latest - End of the World Party - and Friday Afternoon in the Universe is, in my opinion, their definitive album. It has all the elements that make MMW special - sensuous, funky grooves flowing in and out of free-form improv sections, a sense of freedom within structure and perfectly demonstrates the band's passion for their music. Three consumate musicians playing with supreme intuition and a overriding feeling of joy and discovery. I'm a drummer, and I can honestly say that Billy Martin never sounded so creative, so alive, so inspired. And even though I'm not a keyboard player, I have to say that this is probably John Medeski's most varied, most transcendant, most adventurous playing on record. If you are buying your first MMW album, this should be it. If you are already a MMW fan and are considering picking adding this to your collection, do it IMMEDIATELY! You won't be disappointed. This is pure MMW at the height of their game.

5-0 out of 5 stars MMW always good music
The first thing i heard from MMW was combustication, from there i just fell in love with this guys. Amazing the way the can go from a cool electronic simple jazz in some albums to a complex kind of latin jazz in albums like Tonic, sometimes in the same album, sometimes in the same piece. Another amazing thing is how they make music that is always cool, even 11 years after, thats the thing with this album, love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Typical MMW.. non-typical music
It's typical Medeski Martin and Wood in that it dances throughout your soul, letting you know how amazing these guys are.Songs like "The Lover", "Last Chance to Dance Trance (Perhaps)", "We're so Happy", "Chinoiserie", "Sequel", and "Chubb Sub" are all special in their own way.Yes, I know that this is almost every full-length song on the album, but all deserve being mentioned.It took me a couple of times to listen to the cd to realize that the shorter songs kind of serve as intros (particularly, "Paper Bass" and "House Mop").I would say that if you are an MMW fan, you HAVE to have this cd, but most likely you already do; but if you are a new fan, this is a great introduction to them, although each one of their albums has its own distinct sound.ENJOY! ... Read more

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14. Make Some Noise
by Ark 21
Audio CD (04 April, 2000)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A thriving band of experienced groove tradesman led by Chicago saxophonist Mars Williams, Liquid Soul meld hardcore funk, hip-hop, R&B, and what was once called acid-jazz into a steaming potpourri of modern dance music. The band consistently embrace new, turntable-infested rhythm collisions and old bop classics with equal enthusiasm. A guest scat by fellow Chicago bohemian Kurt Elling on "Salt Peanuts" works well and leaves the door open for further jazz expansions. Using sanctioned samples of elder musical statesman as well as sweet soul ballads to pace their wet-and-wild house party, Liquid Soul unite bebop and hip-hop for a vigorous, butt-shaking affair. This band goes beyond acid-jazz and gets back to the old-school funk at the same time. Fun. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hits #1 Album on MY List!!!!!
Recommended from one of my friends, i was instantly in love with this band!!!The jazzy melodies and sweet trumpet solos' keep you on your feet!All these songs include lots of styles of music so ANYONE will want this CD!I unfortunately haven't been able to see them live but im sure it would be an unforgettable experience!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Salt Peanuts, Salt Peanuts!
I have had the pleasure of watching and meeting Liquid Soul at the Ogden Theater in Denver, CO. They put on one of the best shows and really kept the crowd hyped. Excellent versitility in fusing Jazz, Funk and Rap. The horns section would do the Horny Horns proud. If you ever get the chance to see the Liquid Soul in concert, make it priority! You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD will really get a PARTY STARTED
This band will spice up a party with a lot of funk.It makes people want to get up and dance.I am telling you, it's a lot of FUN!! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Acid House    2. Acid Jazz    3. Jazz    4. Pop    5. Popular Music    6. Rock/Pop   


15. Crazyhorse Mongoose
by Volcano
Audio CD (01 September, 1998)
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Asin: B00005ABIZ
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Having cut their teeth on the funk battlegrounds in their adopted hometown of New Orleans, these boys have honed their funk-soul-jazz blend to a fine edge. Their Capricorn debut shows the band maturing and expanding as they move from playful stomps ("Hamps Hump") to smooth boogaloo (the title track) to smoldering soul-jazz ("Witch Doctor") to spacy wah-wah-driven forays ("Tighten Your Wig") to '70s-style R&B ("Start from Scratch") to filthy, back-alley slow jams ("Quiet Please"). Drummer Stanton Moore (actually a New Orleans native) superbly anchors this mix, steering the band from behind the skins. Theryl de Clouet's vocals don't add much other than a change of pace. While the sextet's instrumental technique won't amaze, it's certainly strong enough to keep the airtight grooves endlessly flowing. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This was the first album I bought of Galactic. I read an article about them in Bass Player Magazine, and they listed the Meters as one of their influences. I was not disappointed.
5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I've only gotten into Galactic recently, but I have absolutely loved everything that I have heard. The deep sounds of the saxaphone, the groove of the music, and the occasional raspy vocals make this a very enjoyable listen. Very nice with some great chunky grooves. This is not "lite jazz" so if you are looking for that, you probably need to go somewhere else. The sound of Galactic embodies everything that is New Orleans. If you have every visited the city and loved it, do yourself a favor and pick up a Galactic cd. If you have ever heard the "Preservation Hall Band" or just enjoyed a sax player on the street corner, you will be immediately whisked back to the feel and sound of New Orleans. I absolutely cannot say enough good things about this group and especially this cd, "Crazyhorse Mongoose". From "Love on the Run" to "Quiet Please" this cd absolutely rocks, I hope one day I have the privledge of seeing this group live in concert!

5-0 out of 5 stars Funky niblets
This is a solid funk/jazz/blues album that will have you groovin' out to every single one of the songs.Throw this disc in during a party, barbeque, after you get out of the shower, while your doing homework, when your driving, when your chilling with your buddies; its all good.It always puts you in that groovin' mood, and will definitely put your body in motion.I dig the instrumental stuff, but the bluesy vocals add for a nice change of mood.This album is funky to the core! ... Read more

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16. Coolin' Off
by Volcano
Audio CD (07 July, 1998)
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Sales Rank: 50656
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Top 3 Albums Ever
If you're going to own a funk cd, or any cd for that matter, get this one. I don't throw the term "favorite album" around lightly, and this is definitely one of my top 3 favorite albums. Maybe it didn't change the face of music like Kind of Blue or Darkside of the Moon did, but it is truly great. If you're looking for an album that can get you movin, this is the one. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good.
Galactic is a great group.Very funky.This is not my favorite album of theirs, however.The music is all good, but it gives me the impression that they didn't have enough songs ready for an entire album.There seems to be a lot of the same throughout.Nevertheless, what is there is good.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great start for an awesome band
This was my first funk/jazz CD, and it changed my whole perspective on music. Amazing musicality built on such simple riffs and themes is present here, from the guitar to the organ, from the sax to the trumpet, no instrument overlaps another, everything is superbly organized and layered. This band comes complete with and African-American singer, giving the music the soul of a black man with the blues, even though he only sings in a couple of tracks. Other than that, the wah of the guitar provides the soul at some points, then it is replaced by a solo "battle" between the sax and trumpet. The music then shifts to a jungley mood with great drumming and trumpeting. There is also a percussion intermission with more guitaring, and the final song features trombone and organ solos, and a free-for-all jamming session, even though the whole CD sounds like a jam. Either way, this is good stuff, it made an impression on me at the very least. You want funk? Look no further. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Acid Jazz    2. Fusion    3. Jazz-Funk    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. Rock/Pop   


17. Combustication
by Blue Note Records
Audio CD (11 August, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The rather plainly named Medeski Martin & Wood have almost single-handedly returned the spotlight to the more out-there fusion between bop jazz and on-the-one funky rock music. Wheezing and huffing behind a bank of old-school keyboards, Medeski Martin & Wood plow into their songs with abandon. The drums of Billy Martin push the band out and away rather than gathering them neat and tidy, while bassist Chris Wood delivers the rhythms that somehow manage to keep every musical tidbit strapped to the deck. For his part, keyboardist John Medeski slaps and whacks his keys with inspired malice, all the while leaning heavy on the volume pedal. With the addition of DJ Logic further warping this band's sound, Medeski Martin & Wood have reached escape velocity and are now orbiting the planet. They may never come back. --Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the Best of MMW
With each new album that MMW puts out they continually push the limit of what is considered jazz.Combustication is definately one of those albums.This keyboard-bass-drum trio combines their special blend of free-formed acid jazz with guest dj logic's turntables.This album shows why MMW are one of the most exciting and innovative bands of their time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally
Some destrucured jazz that i love so much !!!
5-0 out of 5 stars MMW at their best
This is truly one of the better MMW albums. This album has songs which are upbeat (like Sugarcraft and Latin Shuffle), but in general are more laid back than other MMW albums.The slower tempo allows us to see another side of this trio which is great.
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18. Pots & Pans
by Aspirion Records
Audio CD (14 March, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 59502
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A "MUST" for any percussionist/jazz fan
I was just introduced to Mr. Kilson by seeing him play on Chris Botti's dvd.I doubt anyone reading this has ever seen a drummer play like this.He is an amazing drummer, better than ANY I have previously enjoyed.When you see him perform, you will realize what a true professional really soun
4-0 out of 5 stars Billy scores big with this new Cd
Billy Kilson - Drums
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19. Steady Groovin'
by Blue Note Records
Audio CD (29 March, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Although not clearly stated in the title, this is a compilation of the soul-jazz-funk-jam band's songs aimed primarily at those new their sound. The album highlights Soulive’s more upbeat improv tendencies and their genre-stretching abilities. Comprised only of drums, guitar and keyboards (bass is handled by pedals from Hammond B-3 man Neil Evans), the threesome gets a lot of sound out of it’s relatively stripped down format. Crisp and tight, the approach finds common ground between Booker T. & the MGs' crackling R&B instrumentals, Medeski, Martin and Wood’s more experimental acid jazz and even Brian Auger’sJimmy Smith based vibe. The programming features the band’s buoyant nature, especially on the Fred Wesley dominated "Doin’ Something," and the live tracks. Expanding into hip-hop with The Roots' (Black Thought rapping on "Clap"), the group stumbles slightly from an all-instrumental M.O. but shows an impressive willingness to broaden their horizons. A cover of Stevie Wonder’s "Golden Lady" from a Japanese release is the disc’s one rarity and probably isn’t enough to entice established fans. As Soulive’s final release on Blue Note, Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Steady Groovin
Roughly 10 years after founding the seminal jam band Moonboot Lover in the early 1990s, Buffalo-born brothers Alan & Neal Evans teamed up with the naturally gifted upstart guitarist Eric Krasno to form the funky organ trio Soulive. This modern incarnation of the classic B-3 organ trio (ala Jimmy Smith) took the music scene by storm at the turn of the millenium and has since toured and/or recorded with everyone from Dave Matthews to the Neville Brothers to Talib Kweli. This range of collaborators mirrors the broadness of Soulive's sound, and their mix of jazz, funk, soul and hip hop is arguably the freshest sound to have hit the jam band circuit. With Soulive, every track they've ever recorded seriously grooves, thus Steady Groovin is a retrospective of select funky moments.
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20. The Bridge
by Relaxed Records
Audio CD (20 August, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Saxophonist Karl Denson makes no bones about the fact that he plays a funky jazz tailor-made for people to get their groove on--and never more so than on Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Answer to your question is I never get enough
I have to be careful how often I play this album, because it hurts too much when it stops.
3-0 out of 5 stars KDTU - Funk + Hippy-Dippy Lyrics = Disappointment
As a longtime fan of the Greyboy Allstars and their offshoot groups (KDTU & RW20C), who's seen all of the above groups live countless times and loved every show, I really wanted to love "The Bridge."But a listen all the way through proved very disappointing. The first couple of tracks have a halfway-decent groove, but most of the album sorely lacks that raw fonkiness of their live presence (reference their smoking live covers of JB's "Think" or Jimi's "Spanish Castle Magic"), or even of Karl's previous effort "The D Stands for Diesel." I realize it's tough to capture their live essence on a CD, and maybe they wanted to turn down the funk a bit on this album and explore other areas. It's technically a well-executed piece, and the group is, as always, tight and monstrously talented. It just doesn't capture for me the musical aspects of KDTU that I like the most about them.5-0 out of 5 stars new genre rbjazzfuze
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