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Rodney Jones: Soul Manifesto

Read "Soul Manifesto" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

You've got to funkafize...

Guitarist Rodney Jones departs from the mainstream fare of his most recent recordings ( The Undiscovered Few, Blue Note 96902, 1999 and My Funny Valentine, Timeless 162, 2000) and testifies his funk philosophy on Soul Manifesto. Joined by Funk/R&B specialists Maceo Parker, Arthur Blythe, and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jones weaves a hypnotic tapestry with a limbic collection of originals and standards so funky the listener might have to leave the room or succumb to the groove. ...

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Rodney Jones: Soul Manifesto

Read "Soul Manifesto" reviewed by Jim Santella

A handful of originals and several classic tunes give Rodney Jones' latest album soul. By pairing saxophonists Maceo Parker and Arthur Blythe, the guitarist has created an interesting environment. With the organ sound pervading, the two alto veterans serve up funk, soul, and a few sensitive looks at the ballad. Jones plays from the heart and has deep respect for his jazz guitar forefathers. His work has always held a special, spiritual quality. Here, he's allowing himself to loosen up, ...