J.A. Granelli and Mr. Lucky: Gigantic (2004)
Having said that, it's a good guess that New York-based J.A. Granelli was influenced not at all by that sound, though "Happy Pt 1," with its crunchy guitar licks and fluid organ groove seems as though it could serve as a backing to a longboarder sliding down a long left at Trestles.
Gigantic is an engaging listen, a mix of loose-jointed funk and R&B, with some reggae hints thrown into the brew, in addition to a charmingly reworked pop tune, "If I Can't Have You"; a set suffused with a relaxed insouciance of the old time surf tunes; a hundred and eighty degree departure from Granelli's blacksmith jazz on Iron Sky (Love Slave Records, 2003).
And I have no idea who Mr. Lucky is, other than the name of this group.
Track Listing: Merle, Happy Pt 1, Gigantic, Again, 13.5, Happy Pt 2, Sock Monkey, If I Can't Have You, Pipe Dreams, 13.5 (dub)
Personnel: J.A. Granelli--bass and piccolo bass; David Tronzo--slide guitar; Jamie Shaft--organ, mellotron, diego Voglino--drums
Record Label: Love Slave Records
Style: Fringes of Jazz