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Various - The Birth Of Funk
Various - The Birth Of Funk
History Of Soul | LP | 24

Low-down and dirty jazz goes right back to the early 1900s in Storyville; after the bands had played their hot tunes in the evening for dancing couples, the musicians would head off to the after-hours joints and play a less energetic but more bluesy kind of music, enabling them and their late-night audiences to get through to the early hours of the morning without suffering total exhaustion. And nobody in New Orleans laid into the blues so low down and dirty as Buddy Bolden, whose Funky Butt became a staple in the repertoire of the citys early jazz bands. Jacksonville, Florida, 1960. Charles Hungry Williams mentors young Clayton Fillyau after he had just joined the James Brown band: I dont care where you put it on those drums, remember where 1 is and youll never lose the time. Listen to Hungry on Huey Smiths Talk To Me Baby and then listen to how Clayton turns it into a relentless breakbeat on James Browns I've Got Money. Earl Kings Trick Bag, prefiguring the Meters, is as good an example of early New Orleansfunk as can be found. Not everything on here was cut in New Orleans. New York singer Vernon Harrels Slick Chick is held together by an intriguingly syncopated bass line that hints at late 60s Studio One dub. And in case you think any of this was new, listen to Zutty Singletons drum break on Victoria Spiveys Funny Feathers from 1929. Or Earl Palmer's sixteenth notes, off-backbeat snare accents and double-tempo hi-hats in 1953 on Professor Longhairs Tipitina and Who's Foolin' You. (Palmer was the very first to describe a syncopated beat as funky). Side One 1. Say Yeah Yeah - Yvonne Fair 2. Check Mr. Popeye - Eddie Bo 3. The Popeye - Spider Johnson 4. I'm Leaving You Today - Al Robinson 5. Say Yeah - Porgy & The Polka Dots 6. Talk To Me Baby - Huey 'Piano' Smith 7. Trick Bag - Earl King Side Two 1. What A Wedding Day - Shirley Raymond 2. R B Special - Bob Bateman 3. Tell Me The Truth - The Turquinettes 4. Slick Chick - Vernon Harrel 5. Ive Got Money - James Brown 6. Hold It - Bill Doggett 7. Fat Boy - Billy Stewart 8. Mudd - Roy Montrell

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