Funky Friday - 9.9.11
Funky Friday music = songs that will make you shake your groove thing, your tail-feather (or whatever other pet name you have for your posterior).
Ok, I think that most of the traveling I’ve been doing for the past 2 months is over. I’ll try to be better about posting on Friday. To prove that I’m rededicating myself I have something special for today. Or, at least I think it’s special.
Remember Elmatic? Outstanding tribute to Nas’s Illmatic by the MC Elzhi? If so, then you probably remember hearing about Will Sessions, the band that reinterpreted the beats from Illmatic and played live versions for Elmatic. I am going to argue that the contributions by Will Sessions, no disrespect to Elzhi, made that album. I don’t think there are many who would disagree.
Sessions on Elmatic was the first time that I had heard them. I looked, at that time, to find some other work of theirs but I couldn’t find much (anything really). I looked again recently, thinking that surely by this time some other work of theirs would have materialized, and sure enough it had. Leaks is a “mixtape” of theirs that was released sometime ago. I have mixtape in quotes because I suppose it’s a mixtape of sorts, but really it’s just the band jamming out.
The first half consists of some live hip hop beats that they’ve done (one can easily hear the influence of well known Detroit producers in their sound). After the first 4 songs, however, they switch to some excellent jazz instrumentation and heady jazz funk. Mostly they seemed to be snippets of full sets (hence the album title?), but still worth checking out. Naturally, it being Funky Friday and all, I’ve chosen a song from the second half of the album. This one is called You Got it All. Enjoy.