The new face of R&B.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Miguel – live at Malmö, Sweden – recorded live by Sveriges Radio P3 – August 5, 2013
Over to Malmö Sweden tonight for a mini-concert by West Coast native Miguel, recorded by Sveriges Radio in January of this year and broadcast just a few weeks ago. Characterized as part of a New Wave of R&B artists, Miguel has scored very highly with audiences, and judging by the reaction to the Swedish crowd, has gained a pretty solid reputation worldwide. Incorporating a mash-up of R&B, Funk, Hip-hop, rock and electronica into his music, Miguel has forged some new vistas as a result and is considered, not only New Wave R&B, but a new genre for R&B. He has been favorably reviewed and has won a host of awards, starting with New Artist of the Year in 2011 and going from there.
As always, listening to R&B in a live setting is a unique and enjoyable experience. The versatility in Miguel’s vocals are plainly evident in this context – no production, no overdubbing, no tricks. It’s the proverbial flying-without-a-net and it adds to the assessment that here is an artist who has something to say.
So hang out for a bit and enjoy.
RIP – George Duke
Click on the link here for Audio Player George Duke Band, live at Philharmonie Hall, Berlin – November 3, 1977 – RBB Radio Berlin
With the sad news (again) today of the passing of one of the great Jazz/Funk/Fusion keyboard players, George Duke, I thought it would only be fitting as tribute to play one of his memorable concerts. This one comes from Berlin and features, in addition to the stellar George Duke Band lineup of Charles Icarus Johnson, guitar – Byron Miller, Bass – Ndugu Chancler, drums – Sheila E., percussion and vocals; Josie James, vocals and Muffy Hendricks, vocals – it also features a surprise appearance by Herbie Hancock joining in for an encore.
In memory of a wonderful musician and remarkable human being who will be very much missed, here is The George Duke Band live at Philharmonie Hall, Berlin. Recorded by RBB Radio Berlin on November 3rd, 1977.
The Neville Brothers – New Orleans’ very own First Family of Funk And A Whole Lot More.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/nevillebrothers2005-02-23muffathallemunichgermany-revised.mp3]
With news the legendary Neville Brothers are on their farewell tour this year, I thought I would add something as a preview of coming attractions if you happen to be in a city they’re heading to and have tickets, that I understand are going fast.
Here’s a concert they did in Munich on February 23, 2005 at the Muffathalle. Luckily, the show was carried by a local German radio outlet and we have it for posterity.
So if you’re on the fence about getting tickets (especially if you’re in L.A. and considering seeing them at The Hollywood Bowl soon), maybe this will tip the scales.
The first family of New Orleans has never sounded better and it should be a memorable set of gigs this year. Don’t miss it.
Charles Walker – Adding the Soulful touch to the proceedings.
Click on the link here for Audio player:The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker – In Session at KDHX – 2008
Continuing our Week of Funk with The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, live in session at KDHX in St. Louis. Recorded on January 10, 2008.
Walker, whose career has gone back to the 60’s, hooked up with modern-day Funksters The Dyanamites around 2007 and the collaboration has been a successful one.
Here’s what they recorded that day they fell by the studios at KDHX:
The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker
KDHX – January 10, 2008
1. Own Thing
2. Dig Deeper
To the people who say modern Soul and Funk is dead, I say Ha. A couple bars of this will prove it.
Dumpstaphunk – spreading NOLA funk far and wide.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – in Session 2007
Past Daily doesn’t play nearly enough Funk on their nightly roundups. So I’m hoping to remedy that with a taste of New Orleans tonight, by way of the legendary Ivan Neville and his band Dumpstaphunk, recorded in session at KDHX in St. Louis on February 15, 2007.
KDHX, if you haven’t heard about them, are one of the truly committed stations running live sessions of bands passing through the St. Louis area. They have a ton of stuff up on Soundcloud and I would urge you to search out some of the 300+ sessions they currently have up.
Ivan Neville needs no introduction. Part of the iconic Neville family who are synonymous with New Orleans and the rich musical legacy that literally falls out of the woodwork. Going back to Art Neville in the 1950’s, who was one of the early pioneers of Rock/R&B and recorded a string of hit songs for Specialty Records, the dynasty continues with Ivan.
Here’s what’s on the player tonight:
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – In Session at KDHX
February 15, 2007
1. What You Want From Me
Time to slip into a groove this week.
Bob Babbitt Funk Brother extraordinaire.
Click on the Link: Deon Jackson-Love Makes the World Go Round Feat: Bob Babbitt, Bass – 1966
Not a good week for Music. Yesterday brought the sad news about Jon Lord. But also yesterday morning brought the sad news about Bob Babbitt, one of the original Funk Brothers, who provided some of the most memorable instrumental accompaniment for the Classic Motown Sound and the great Soul tracks of the 60’s, passed away at the age of 74 after a long bout with brain Cancer.
Tonight, by way of tribute, is the 1966 mega-hit Love Makes The World Go Round, by Deon Jackson. Just listening to the intro and the bass line, it’s immediately recognizable. That’s the inimitable Bob Babbitt laying down the magic.
Like the legendary Wrecking Crew on the West Coast, The Funk Brothers were synonymous with some of the greatest Soul and R&B classics of the 60’s and 70’s, coming out of Detroit. That there is one less luminary from that Golden Age of indelible hits makes it pretty sad. But life is just like that.
Here’s a reminder if you’re familiar, and an introduction if you aren’t. Gorgeous, elegant Music making. Timeless.
Tower Of Power – Groove Merchants extraordinaire
A blast of legendary 70’s Funk this weekend from Tower of Power and an in-studio concert at WLIR Radio, recorded on May 14, 1974. This was in conjunction with the release of their Back to Oakland album, and so the material is fresh and the audience is well into the groove.
And since it’s the weekend . . . .why not?