funk

Bonerama

Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits / Travel Photos / CC BY-NC-SA

During the interminable lead-in to this past Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, I heard Scott Van Pelt, and Ryen Rusillo on their ESPN radio show make several glowing references and mentions to a local funk brass band called Bonerama.  I think most people wouldn’t think too much about a couple of sports talk radio guys giving their musical recommendations, and I admit I am one of those people.  However, I have been to New Orleans many, many times, it is one of my favorite cities in America, and through those many, many visits I have come to truly appreciate the actual culture that thrives in New Orleans that is so much more than the revelry of Bourbon Street.  One of the biggest pieces of New Orleans culture is music, so when Van Pelt and Russillo continued to speak of how awesome Bonerama is, going so far as to want to make this band the house band for their show, while in New Orleans (due to their proximity to other media sets though their want was not able to happen) I began to think that maybe I should check this band out, and see what the fuss is all about.  So, four days after the Super Bowl, I finally did just that, checked out the band Bonerama, and let me tell you, they are well worth the fuss.

As they describe themselves, they are a brass funk band, the brass in question though is the trombone – thus the bone in Bonerama – and are accompanied by drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, and synthesizers.  They play/produce both original and cover material, and let me tell you, this band brings the funk AND the noise.

Since I am a big Led Zeppelin fan I have to share Bonerama’s covers of two of Zep’s songs, first is The Ocean:

Then there is one of my favorite Zeppelin tunes, When the Levee Breaks:

And finally let’s close this out with one of Bonerama’s originals called Big Fine Woman, in which you can definitely hear much of that New Orleans sound:

African scream contest

In an effort to expose you to something that you might not have already heard, I present to you El Rego Et Ses Commandos – Se Na Min. It’s from African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin & Togo, released in the 70s.

They lay it down.

Miles Davis @ Isle of Wight Festival, 1970

Jimi Hendrix wasn’t the only musician to blow peoples’ minds at the Isle of Wight Festival in August of 1970. Miles Davis ripped it up and bent the audience’s minds. The lineup was:

Miles Davis (trumpet)
Gary Bartz (sax)
Chick Corea (electric piano)
Keith Jarrett (organ)
Dave Holland (bass)
Jack DeJohnette (drums)
Airto Moreira (percussion)

The expressions on Airto Moreira’s face were priceless (although he was admittedly on LSD at the time). The video is 35 minutes long, and I strongly recommend that you put it on in the background and let it percolate while you browse the internet or work.

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