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ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY - Groove Is King - CD - Mascot Label Group - 2015

Groove Is King is the second full length release by the supergroup Rock Candy Funk Party. Drummer Tal Bergman, guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Ron DeJesus, and Mike Merritt on bass - all technically proficient players - are the heart of the ensemble, with a number of guests contributing to augment its crossover funk music.

If funk is your thing then this album definitely deserves a stab. The funk pulsates throughout the release with much diversity: the opening title track mixes the funk with rock and electronic music, and "Low Tide" picks up from there with notes of late period Miles Davis styled jazz-funk, horn section included (the renowned trumpet player Randy Brecker is credited for the album's horn arrangements!).

Later, "East Village" offers a more relaxed tone in form of exquisite and sensitive guitar playing with a right amount of blues thrown in, and it is a testimony to the good taste with which the funk is typically handled here. "If Six Was Eight" is an accomplished percussive feature, while "Cube's Brick" is tinged with Weather Report styled jazz-rock.

"Don't Be Stingy With The SMPTE" adds disco into the mix, and is actually one of the best guitar based disco tunes you are likely to hear, even though it could have benefited from slight editing; and "Rock Candy," despite its title, is actually the jazziest piece, with by-the-book motif presentation followed by spot on guitars, keyboards, bass, trumpet and sax soloing.

One of the album's most surprising numbers is an instrumental cover of Peter Gabriel's "Digging In The Dirt." We have come to the conclusion that any preconception about the song should be shaken off prior to approaching it, as Rock Candy Funk Party stripped the song of its original, emotional context and simply used the tune as a vehicle for something new, resulting in one of the most festive pieces on the album.

One the downside, "C You On The Flip Side" does not add much character to the album, and the Electronic Dance Music genre representation - "The Fabulous Tales Of Two Bands" - should have been avoided (even though its The Prodigy bits are confronted with Zeppelinesque vibes, we argue that even the dedicated listeners who are acceptive of all the aforementioned crossover attempts will find this one extraneous; luckily it's the last track so you can just stop the album before the track starts). (8/10)

 

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