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Funk on a Stick [Import]

Paul Jackson Audio CD


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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Funky Stuff! May 12 2006
By smoothjazzandmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Paul Jack has been playing music since his days as a Headhunter with Herbie Hancock. Now living in Japan, he continues to perform, this time on his own. In this CD release, Jackson takes a different path in music, taking advantage of Funk & Hip-Hop's popularity. His base style will remind you of another bass legend, Stanley Clarke. The clear cut winner on this CD is the track, "Hey Lou". With vocals by Tony Adamo, it's funky, hip and fun to listen to. I enjoyed the background vocal arrangement on the track. His singing though is not one to write home about as with the track, "Pain". Overall, the CD has enough Funk to satisfy all your needs. It's a good listen to one of the originators of Funk Jazz.
4.0 out of 5 stars In God We Funk Oct. 24 2005
By H. Asbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Paul Jackson has proved himself manytimes over with his rock solid bass playing. He was, along with Herbie Hancock, Bill Summers, and Mike Clark, an originator of seventies jazz-funk fusion. Here, he touches on his old style and updates it, making a unique blend of old-school funk with newer sounds and reminds us of what can come from letting tradition inform present trends. Though he can play amazing stuff, he never loses sight of his central role in driving the music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Jackson Funk On A Sick/ featuring singer Tony Adamo June 6 2005
By Roc Armani - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Paul Jackson: Funk On A Stick

Paul Jackson

Funk On A Stick

Backdoor Records BD1041

Paul Jackson on bass, vocals and keyboards featuring various artists including Tony Adamo on vocals, James Levi on drums

As a member of the "Headhunters," Paul Jackson was instrumental in the development of Jazz-fusion along with bandmate, Herbie Hancock. This CD pushes the envelope even further with a foray into hard core funk.

The CD leads off with a seven second "Warning" ("boys, I'm gone, please don't try this at home") which then segues into the title cut of "Funk On A Stick" with Jackson driving the melody on bass behind his vocals and a rap lyric by Jorge Guerrero. "Hey Lou" features suave vocalize by Tony Adamo that sets the pattern for this hip tune that has Ernie Watts making a musical statement in the background on saxophone. "Funky Fingers" highlights percussion work by Bill Summers and Mike Clark and Herbie Hancock on keyboards. The funky "Everything You Got" has a hard-driving rhythm with engaging vocals by Paula Johnson punctuated by an experimental bass solo by Jackson. "In God We Funk" expresses the soul of protest with its intense fusion groove and rap vocals. The pace slows down on "Prelude To Pain" with Patrick Brady doing a lovely melodic guitar introduction to the tune "Pain" spotlighting Jackson's vocals filled with tenderness. The final cut is an instrumental reprise of "Funk On A Stick."

This CD is a cornucopia of rhythmically interesting music. Jazz purists may cringe but the open-eared will find much to savor in this effort that is splendidly presented and well worth a listen.

by Dorothy L. Hill

(Available at Jazz Now Direct CD Store)

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