Monday, May 1
Defunkt/Thermonuclear Sweat - Defunkt (2005)
"Defunkt/Thermonuclear Sweat is the pairing of the first two albums by Joseph Bowie's all-star jazz-funk group, Defunkt, which included such luminaries as Vernon Reid, Kelvyn Bell, Kim Clarke, Kenny Martin, Melvin Gibbs, and others. Defunkt (1980) picked up an aesthetic first put forth by Miles in the mid-'70s, and Ornette Coleman's Prime Time in the late '70s, with the latter adding the hot-foot whomp of James Brown, the tune sparking the fire of Prince and the Downtown New York scene's outsider vision. The formula was refined and perfected in 1982 with the issue of Thermonuclear Sweat, where Bowie's trombone and vocals added more 'song' to the groove: the effect was devastating. Defunkt was and is a place where vanguard jazz, hard funk, street savvy, soul, and assaultive rock & roll all blend together in a pool of sheer musical abandon and hedonistic glee. This double-disc package has been augmented with bonus tracks, no less. ..."
W - Defunkt
YouTube: Illusion (Live), Make Them Dance (Live)
YouTube: Defunkt, Strangling Me With Your Love Revisited [live 1983], Razor's Edge 12" Version, Make Them Dance, Blues, Believing In Love, Illusion, Cocktail Hour (blue Bossa), Melvin's Tune, Ooh Baby, Thermonuclear Sweat, Big Bird (au Private), Avoid The Funk