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Funky Groove Swingin Soul Band


Groove makes you want to dance & party and it makes you feel good.


Groove is the "feeling", rhythmically expansive, or it could be the sense of "swing" created by the interaction in the music played by the rhythm section, or it could be a form in which soloist, or the main group voice is playing.


Groove is an important factor in the different subgenera of Jazz, and from there to other genres such as Salsa, Funk, Rock and Soul. Origins of music with these characteristics can be found in the Gospel music and the Blues, where the rhythmic fervor is at the highest. Since then it is a basic and inseparable component of Jazz. In the thirties, this way of understanding music found its main exponent in the figure of Count Basie Big Band and in its form of playing in a tight, satisfying and very rhythmic style, which contagiously reaches the spectators.


From the appearance of the Funky in the 50's, the Groove concept returns to its origins of Blues and Gospel and, from the mid-60's incorporate those of Funk, Soul and Latin which make an irresistible cocktail of Soul Jazz. Major musicians of the 50s and 60s associated with Soul Jazz were the organists Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, John Patton, and Richard Groove Holmes. The pianists: Les McCann, Horace Silver, Gene Harris, Junior Mance, saxophonists: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Lou Donaldson, Gene Ammons and guitarists: Grant Green, Kenny Burrell and Boogaloo Joe Jones among others.


Repertoire...

Zoo Boogaloo (Rusty Bryant)

Back Street (Rusty Bryant)

Movin' Out (Don Wilkerson)

Camp Meetin' (Don Wilkerson)

Alligator Boogaloo (Lou Donaldson)

Turtle Walk (Lou Donaldson)

Iron City (Grant Green)

Boogaloo Joe (Boogaloo Joe Jones)

Cold Duck Time (Eddie Harris)

At Last (Mack Gordon/Harry Warren)

Lone Star Shuffle (Don Wilkerson)

The Thang (Lou Donaldson)

Bad John (Lou Donaldson)

Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (Allen Toussaint)

Sidewinder (Lee Morgan)

Sonnymoon For Two (Sonny Rollins)

St. Thomas (Sonny Rollins)

Work Song (Nat Adderly)

Watermellon Man (Herbie Hancock)

Sister Sadie (Horace Silver)

Song For My Father (Horace Silver)

Moanin' (Bobby Timmons)

I Want A Little Girl (Billy Moll / Murray Mancher)

Since I Fell For You (Buddy Johnson)

Sack O’ Woe (Cannonball Adderly)

Funky Mama (Rusty Bryant)

Fire Eater (Rusty Bryant)

I've Got A Woman (Ray Charles / Renald Richard)

Donny Brook (Grant Green)

Put Your High Heels Sneaker (Robert Higginbotham)

Nice And greasy (Lou Donaldson)

That's All (Lou Donaldson)

Jeanie-Weenie (Don Wilkerson)

Brother Soul (Lou Donaldson)

The Humpback (Lou Donaldson)

The Space Walk (Lou Donaldson)

I'm Movin' On (Jimmy Smith)

When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Traditional)

Mack the Knife (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill)

Mr. Walker (Wes Montgomery)

I’m Just A Lucky So And So (Duke Ellington)

Midnight Blue (Kenny Burrell)

Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You (Don Redman)

West Cost Blues (Wes Montgomery)

Cariba (Wes Montgomery)

Four on Six (Wes Montgomery)

Full House (Wes Montgomery)

Sunday Kind Of Love (Etta James)

It Don’t Mean A Thing (Duke Ellington)

Splanky (Neal Hefty)

Littl’ Darlin (Neal Hefty)

Misty (Erroll Garner)

Moonlight In Vermont (Karl Suessdorf)

Says You (Wes Montgomery)

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Joe Zawinul)

Teach me Tonight (Gene de Paul / Sammy Kahn)

Back At The Chicken Shack (Jimmy Smith)

Love For Sale (Cole Porter)

One For My Baby (Harold Arlen)

The Sermon (Jimmy Smith)

Girl Of My Dreams (Gene Harris)

Makin' Bread Again (Gene Harris)

Happy Johnny (Don Wilkerson)

Aw shucks! (Lou Donaldson)

Rev. Moses (Lou Donaldson)

Eldorado Shuffle (Don Wilkerson)

The Kid (Lou Donaldson)

Bag Of Jewels (Lou Donaldson)

Musty Rusty (Lou Donaldson)

Hipty Hop (Lou Donaldson)

Midnight Creeper (Lou Donaldson)

Goin' To Meetin' (Don Patterson)

One Cylinder (Lou Donaldson)

Gravy Train (Lou Donaldson)

Hot Dog (Lou Donaldson)

It’s Your Thing (Lou Donaldson)

Dapper Dan (Lou Donaldson)

Snake Bone (Lou Donaldson)

Sinner's Prayer (Ray Charles)

What’d I Say (Ray Charles)

Spaceman Twist (Lou Donaldson)

Go Down Moses (Tradicional)

Just A Closer Walk With Dee (Tradicional)

Amazing Grace (Tradicional)

Motherless Child (Tradicional)

Willow Weep For Me (Ann Ronell)

God Bless The Child (A. Herzog/Billy Holiday)

Walkin’ (Miles Davis)

All Blues (Miles Davis)

Chitlins Con Carne (Kenny Burell)

Killer Joe (Benny Golson)

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