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Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

As a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison music students who banded together in 1996, Phat Phunktion have built a loyal following of listeners throughout the United States and around the world. Combining the polish of Top 40 with the smooth feeling of 60’s soul and the raw groove of 70’s funk, Phat Phunktion is a nine-piece ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Dan Trudell Trio: Dan Trudell Plays the Piano

Read "Dan Trudell Plays the Piano" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'aver privilegiato a lungo l'Hammond B3 non ha indotto Dan Trudell ad abbandonare il pianoforte, strumento in cui s'è formato e diplomato alla North Texas State University. Trasferitosi a Chicago nel 1990 ha iniziato ad affiancare il ruolo di pianista a quello di organista formando un organico col batterista funk Clyde Stubblefield e iniziando un'apprezzata atività ...

Mike Parker's Trio Theory: Alive Out There

Read "Alive Out There" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Fans of post-apocalyptic stories need not worry about whether they still will have rock music once the electric grids go down. That is, if we can turn the clocks back to the days when jazz musicians were rockstars. Perhaps the supposition of the band, Mike Parker's Trio Theory, is just that. Kill all the living dead, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Made To Break: Before The Code

Read "Before The Code" reviewed by Mark Corroto

No band has ever attempted to bridge the sounds of free improvisation, funk, and electronics before Ken Vandermark formed the quartet Made To Break. The groups fourth release Before The Code pushes the musical envelope a bit more into the stratosphere, maybe even into the musical mesosphere.

The saxophonist and composer whose credits include ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Pat Petrillo: Performance, Education, and Groovalution

Read "Pat Petrillo: Performance, Education, and Groovalution" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Recognized as one of the first instructional video producers, drummer Pat Petrillo set a standard for educational media with his landmark 1987 recording Snare Drum Rudiments. Since then he has developed a remarkable career as a performer and educator. Pat and I sat down at the APAP convention in jny: New York City to discuss his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Beat Funktion: Mandy's Secret

Read "Mandy's Secret" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Beat Funktion; what is its funktion? Daniel Lantz is the man behind Beat Funktion's unique sound that blends '70s funk, groove, soul, disco and afro-beat with the language and sensibilities of jazz. Beat Funktion pays close attention to getting across the more danceable and familiar binary rhythm, that is felt as the “groove." That is what ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Clyde Stubblefield: Samples of Funk

Read "Clyde Stubblefield: Samples of Funk" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Every musical generation tends to put forth a handful of “star players" within any given genre. Whether it be jny: Los Angeles' Wrecking Crew or Motown's Funk Brothers, certain cliques of industry professionals are able to develop a coveted sound in the recording studio that resonates with producers. These “lightning in a bottle" artists tend to ...